Libel Lawyers Face Uphill Challenges in the Grey World of Internet Publishing by Stewart Lewis, Photographer & Writer
The landscape had changed from the days when news dissemination was dominated by newspapers, says Porter. The decades of print news delivery resulted in a set of established rules in the area of libel law, he adds. This has occurred to the point where a newspaper publishing a piece that could be the subject of libel action will forewarn the subject of the report of the details to be printed, and ask for response.
It’s all part of “responsible publishing,” adds Porter. However, as newspapers have taken a back seat to Internet publishing, launching a libel suit has become much more difficult. Many issues arise.