Slander in Journalism
By Cynthia Kirkeby
May 28, 2004, 10:53


Topic: Slander

ClassBrain Visitor:

I have been assigned to ask an expert for information to use as a source in my research project. I would like to discuss one or two recent famous cases where the press were found to slander a private citizen. Do you know of some recent cases?


ClassBrain Response:

This is an interesting question. Because of the way our laws are structured, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to charge a newspaper or magazine with slander and win. Thousands of cases are filed each year, but most of them are not successful or they are settled out, so there is little or no record of the result.

Here is a great piece by the U.S. Department of State on this issue. Be sure to read a few of the adjacent articles as well, such as Editing the Washington Post.

Here's a regular person (teacher).

Here are a couple of cases related to celebrities. Most of the other cases are difficult to ferret out:

Penelope Cruz


This is an interesting one related to eBay.

Is it slander...? Here's an interesting case on this issue.

Here’s one related to television . . .

I hope these help . . . slander is a tough one. The media doesn't publicize it when they get sued if they can help it . . .

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