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Chapter 9: Communication Torts Civil legal actions most often pursued by private citizens who feel they have been wronged by journalists, advertisers, PR practitioners and photographers
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Communication Torts Defamation Centuries-long history of evolution from English common law Modern Communication Torts: Private Facts False Light Appropriation Intrusion
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Defamation Any false statement that creates public hatred, contempt, ridicule or inflicts injury on reputation. Libel Written word Slander Spoken word Must prove: Communication (some texts call this Publication) Identification (see example in text, p.263) Compensable Injury (text calls this Damage) Negligence or “Actual Malice” (text = Intent) AM = knowing falsehood, or reckless disregard for the truth See Times v. Sullivan in text, p. 268
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Defamation Private citizen vs. public official/public figure Apparent government authority test & independent public interest test from Rosenblatt v. Baer (1966) [public official]
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