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a tort consisting of false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person


words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

Prior Review

the practice of reviewing material in advance of publication for the purpose of approving or disapproving content (principal checks paper, Hazelwood)

Prior Restraint

censorship of or punishment for the expression of ideas before the ideas are printed or spoken

Actual Malice

Either knowledge of a defamatory statement's falsity or a reckless disregard for the truth.

False Light

individuals portrayed as something other than they are to point of embarassment

Soft News

FEATURE stories, stories about celebrities, and other news items that do not derive their news value from proximity, timeliness, or relevance to the reader or viewer.

Hard News

IMPORTANT traditional news items that derive their value from recent, relevant events that have some bearing on the lives of readers or viewers.

Freedom of Religion

People shall be free to exercise their religion, and government may not establish a religion.

Freedom of Speech

The right to engage in oral, written, and symbolic speech protected by the First Amendment.

Freedom of Petition

the right to present requests to the government without punishment or reprisal. This right is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

Freedom of Assembly

the right peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for redress of grievances

1st Amendment

freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition

Freedom of Press

The right to publish newspapers, magazines, and books found in the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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