DEFAMATION BY RADIO
AbstractIn this article the author examines the law of defamation, particularly in relation to radio broadcasting. Through an examination of Australian, English, and American case law, the author first discusses whether defamation by radio should fall within the scope of libel or slander. The author then discusses liability in relation to telephone companies, telegraph corporations, carriers, and news vendors in examining the liability of the radio stations involved in the transmission of defamation to the radio audience. In concluding his article the author then briefly examines the defences that he believes should be available to a radio station, namely the defence of privilege and the defence of fair comment.
Keywords:Libel and Slander, Radio and Television
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