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Demands to Correct, Retract, or Remove Libelous Information 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

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Demands to correct or retract allegedly libelous material should be handled carefully. Removal of libelous information in print is not possible, and the standard course of action has been to print corrections or retractions in an expeditious and prominent manner., Online archives, which are considered part of the original publication in the United States (but not in other countries), may be corrected, edited, or removed, and continued posting of defamatory material in an online archive may increase the risk of liability for the author, editor, and publisher. However, demands to remove libelous material must be carefully balanced against the need

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