What Every Writer Should Know About Libel


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EDITOR NOTE: I was asked a couple of months ago to write a premier blog for Writer Access. I was honored that the owner of the company tweeted how well he liked it, so I thought I would post it here on my blog. I am passionate about journalism, and if you have ever written for the public eye, you understand the scrutiny your work undergoes with each publication. I think whether you write casually or professionally, this is information that all writers should be familiar with. Hope you enjoy.

Writers are baptized many times over throughout their careers with experiences that serve as reminders of how to avoid career-ending mistakes. One of them is defamation of character. Media law is a place writers must revisit from time to time in order to refresh themselves on the rules that apply to everyday writing. The recent court decision that found a…

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