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ERIC Number: ED260403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-5
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Impact Analysis of the Law Concerning Freedom of Expression.
Hale, F. Dennis
Although libel has remained the major legal problem of the press for 40 years, little empirical research has been conducted concerning its impact. Various methods for conducting this type of needed research include traditional legal research, surveys of practitioners, and surveys of persons outside the media who are directly affected by mass media, such as attorneys, judges, and elected officials. Problems with such surveys include self-interest and low response rate. A more direct method for analyzing the impact of media law is to measure the quantity and quality of specific legal activities in state and federal courts. An example of such a study is the Avery and Steven analysis of libel appeals in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee during the ten years before the Gertz libel decision and the ten years after. In addition, there are various techniques for evaluating the outcomes of media laws by using unobtrusive measures and documentary evidence. Public opinion is important in studying media law as an ongoing process. Having hard data about the impact of media law should be preferable to remaining unaware of its implications. (DF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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