Defamation and Public Officials: Evolving Law of Libel (Hardback)Clifton O. Lawhorne (author)
Hardback 356 Pages / Published: 01/03/1971
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This first comprehensive study of the changes which have occurred in the law of libel over the years fills a long-felt need by journalists and others in the field of communication for a book dealing specifically with press law and public officials. However, though written primarily for the working press and students of journalism, the work will be of interest to general readers concerned with public affairs, and, through its compilation of widely-scattered information, will be useful as a reference tool for lawyers.The story of libel law, from colonial times to the present, is basically the story of courtroom battles between public officials claiming the right to a good name and private citizens claiming the right to know about and discuss public officials. As Mr. Hart points out, history shows that in the United States the law for libeling public officials has been consistently narrowed as the public s right to know about their government and discuss their leaders has broadened.Mr. Lawhorne thus traces the evolution of libel law in this country, explains the reasons for the recent liberalization of the law, and suggests some of the present dangers, in his opinion, stemming from the abuse of the law. Among the precedent-setting cases cited by Mr. Lawhorne are "Garrison "v. "Louisiana," " Dodd" v. "Pearson," " "and "Goldwater "v. "Ginzberg. "Among his" "conclusions is a warning to those who disseminate information to confine their comments to the truth by virtue of strict ethical standards, lest the reaction to present liberal libel law lead to highly restrictive law of the future."
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 356
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 35 mm
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