Journal article

The future of “responsible journalism”: Defamation law, public debate and news production

AT Kenyon, T Marjoribanks

Journalism Practice | Published : 2008


If the future of newspapers includes online and transnational platforms, the influence of defamation law on journalism deserves close investigation. A key concern for international publishers remains being sued in defamation in the United Kingdom or in other countries following its legal tradition. However, UK law has developed in recent years so that it now protects “responsible journalism” and many other commonwealth countries have seen similar developments. These changes offer real potential to support wider public debate, but they also contain challenges for law to understand and evaluate journalistic practices. This paper draws on a three-year study of news production and defamation law..

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