Slander and libel are undeniably complicated issues in any context, and are among the few types of speech not protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Spoken (slanderous) and written (libelous) defamatory statements about another individual, company or organization, which can be reasonably proven as false by their target, expose their speakers or writers to crippling financial penalties if brought to civil court.
With all this in mind, it’s important for professionals to know how to deal with slander and libel – whether they or their companies are its target or another party accuses them of either offense. Similarly, editors and other media personnel occupying supervisory positions at newspapers, magazines, online publications and TV news bureaus must have plans of action if their reporters are unjustly accused of slanderous or libelous work. On either side of this issue, knowing how insurance pertains to these matters is also vital.
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