Top 5 useful things about media law based on UK ( but useful regardless)

Last Update: August 14, 2020

Media Law may seem scary but its boils down to 5 things really - common sense being the global one!

Defamation

• You have written something that literally ‘defames’ someone

• It harms someone’s reputation

• Libel is specific and refers to something “defamatory” which is written ( it applies to broadcast as well )

• Slander is something you say defamatory so it's “said”

The Definition of Defamation

• You are exposing hatred / contempt to that person

• As a result someone is avoided

• You are lowering someone's reputation in the eyes of the general population

• It knocks someone in their profession or trade.

Your Defamation Defense

• The truth. The caveat is you have to prove it.

• It's your honest opinions expressed totally without malice ( great for reviews)

Contempt of Court ( The scary one)

• Protecting someone’s right to a fair trial

• Something is in contempt of court when it creates a very risk of prejudice to a trial and can carry a jail term ( in the UK)

  • You can't just say they are guilty!

It's here to help you! It's just common sense

Remember it varies from country to country but the basics stand regardless. Be reassured the law is there to help you as well as the complainant. Just break it down it is very basic really.

A simple legal letter can be robust to send people away in crazy claims mainly. You can get relatively cheap insurance for this although the excess can be high. If something is wrong, right it quick! Things going back years don't really stand up. "So I remember in 1903" when they are earning millions won't stand up!

Any questions please shout and remember, it's not here to stop your creativity, be real! Opinion is good and most places welcome it!


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LMH1968 Premium
Thank you very much for the great advice Phil.🤩
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Good info, Phil! Thanks for sharing, my friend!

Enjoy your weekend!

Jeff
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PHILMANC Premium
Thanks Jeff and likewise, enjoy... Phil
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Thank you, Phil!


Jeff
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LatinNomad Premium
Thanks Phil. This is a helpful reminder. Have a good Friday.

Trevor
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PHILMANC Premium
My pleasure Trevor, thanks for responding and likewise, Phil
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LatinNomad Premium
Thank you. My site is health focused, so I need to be careful. Can you recommend any specific wording for a legal clause. I have one but it might be improved. Cheers Trevor please pm me if you can suggest something better. Please bear in mind I have to not repeat lengthy paragraphs for google reasons.
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Linda103 Premium
Excellent post Philip and very well explained, thank you. This should be helpful for many people.
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PHILMANC Premium
My pleasure Linda I tried to keep it brief otherwise its gets over complicated and it isn't really. Thanks for the feedback Phil
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Linda103 Premium
You explained it very well despite it being brief, thank you.
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DianeK59 Premium
Interesting perspective, Phil. I'll need to read a bit more into the USA laws regarding it, but yours seems quite universal. It is always a challenge to know how to say something (in writing) so as not to offend or create liability. We each "read" things in our own way.
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PHILMANC Premium
Thanks Diane, I think they are true universally more or less and of course understood diferently in different countries. Important though that is does not stop us from writing anything, it should help. The opinion one covers a lot of things and in a world of opinion it is hard to prove one was the be all and end all of everything. I appreciate your feedback. I am not a lawyer ot course but been on the other end many times in media organisations!
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