Reflecting on the legal and ethical ramifications of advertising

One of the major laws – regarding journalism – in the UK is the defamation act, which was ammended in 2013. The defamation act is designed to defend an individual or a body of individuals or a corporate entity from unfair attacks which could damage their reputation. Their are a few arguments that can be used in the journalist’s defence if they are accused of defamation. The first one being that the content is published in the public interest. Obviously as the publisher you would have to present proof that your comments are justified on true, the one downside to this argument is that the burden of proof is on the content creator. One major case is that of Christopher Jeffries. After the murder of a British woman- Joanna Yeates- Mr Jeffries was portrayed unfairly by highly esteemed media distributors in the UK. As it turned out Mr Jeffries had nothing to do with Joanna’s death. He ended up recieving libel payments from eight newspapers- fees undisclosed. Another legal consequence of this particular case was the contempt of court- or simply called “contempt”. This spawns from the 1981 contempt of court act. The Sun and Daily mail were issued the contempt of court, for publishing information that would affect the prejudice of the courts- and Jury.


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