ERIC Number: ED199783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Litigation Costs and Self-Censorship.
Picard, Robert G.
Rising litigation costs caused by lawsuits against the media and by media efforts to defend their perceived First Amendment rights are posing a threat to press freedom. In an attempt to stave off the costs of litigation, the media resort to self-censorship. In addition, pressure groups and individuals wishing to control or influence content have used fear of litigation costs to their advantage and to the disadvantage of the public. In California, for example, many newspapers and news services stopped carrying stories about the controversial rehabilitation organization Synanon for fear of becoming involved in costly court battles with that group. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Freedom of Information Center, Columbia, MO.