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Republication and News Reporting.  

Annette Flanagin

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11th edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2020
Published Online: 
Feb 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780190246556.003.0005.022.0232
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A publication, author, or journalist can be held liable for republishing a defamatory statement. For example, if an author or journalist republished a defamatory statement about a public figure knowing that the statement was false, the publisher and author could be held liable. Similarly, if the republished false statement was about a private figure, the publisher and author could be held liable for defamation even if the statement was published without knowledge of its falsity (ie, through negligence). However, under the privileges of fair reporting an author or journalist may repeat a previously published defamatory statement if it is part of official proceedings (eg, formal governmental proceedings or press conference) as long as the account is fair and accurate....

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