A quick Guide to Libel Law
First Amendment Center
What is libel law? How does it work? Are newspapers “totally protected” from lawsuits? Can libel laws be “opened up”? Is freedom of the press at risk?
Scroll through this primer to find out the answers to these questions.
Links to landmark libel and publication decisions of the Supreme Court are included.
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