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Defamation and Freedom of Speech$
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Dario Milo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204922.001.0001

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Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media

Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media

(p.43) III Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media
Defamation and Freedom of Speech

Dario Milo

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the legal significance of freedom of expression and the media in England, South Africa, Australia, and the USA, in the context of defamation law. The chapter proceeds as follows. Part B examines the right to freedom of expression in the particular context of defamation liability. Part C examines how media freedom undergirds the democracy rationale of freedom of expression in the context of defamation law. Part D concludes the discussion and argues that freedom of expression on matters of public concern deserves heightened protection in the law of defamation. The media's roles in disseminating information of this type must be encouraged.

Keywords:   defamation law, media freedom, democracy

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