Ever wonder how the news can publish and report on lawsuits that involve allegations and claims of defamation? How is the news is not held liable for re-publishing the false and defamatory coments?
The fair report privilege permits a person to publish a report of an official action or proceeding or of a public meeting that deals with a matter of public concern, even though the report contains what is known to be a false and defamatory statement. However, to fall under the fair report privilege, the report must be a substantially correct account of the proceeding. And, though it is not necessary that the report be exhaustive and complete report of the proceeding, it is required that nothing be omitted or misplaced in such a manner as to convey an erroneous impression to those who hear or read it.
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