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dc.contributor.advisorDigby-Junger, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.authorBose, Jayitaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-14T21:05:47Z
dc.date.available2016-01-14T21:05:47Z
dc.date.issued1996
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/14883
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 68-70)en_US
dc.description.abstractFair Comment, now considered an effective legal defense against libel, evolved through the social and political developments in England, and the United States. The most important criterion in Milkovich v. Lorain Journal is whether the material in question is an "actionable assertion" or a "pure opinion," which is non-actionable. The criteria for deciding this changes over time. It has incorporated some old and some new standards of deciding between fact and opinion. As it stands today after the generally considered landmark case, Milkovich, the distinction between fact and opinion is dependent upon the nature of language, the broader context of the statements, verifiability of facts and sometimes even the state defamation laws. The major achievement of Milkovich is its demolition of the belief that all true opinions are protected while the courts continue to combine pre- and post-Milkovich standards in deciding defamation cases.en_US
dc.format.extent70 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshFreedom of the press--United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshLibel and slander--United Statesen_US
dc.titleThe defense of fair comment : how well does it work?en_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Journalismen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A. (Master of Arts)en_US


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