ERIC Number: ED306588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
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The British Press Council: A Prototype for U.S. Libel Litigation?
Anema, Durlynn C.
The half million pound libel award to Jeffrey Archer during the summer of 1987 renewed interest in the British Press Council and its role in the litigation process in Great Britain. At the same time, renewed interest in re-establishing a National Press Council in the United States was voiced by several media researchers. Founded in 1953 upon recommendation of a British Royal Commission on the Press, the British Council moved in 1963 from being an exclusive press organization to having an equal public/press membership. The workings of the press council are not complex, with a simple hearing conducted without benefit of representative counsel on either side. Case hearings have increased over the years, with over 1,000 complaints brought in 1985. The voluntary nature of the British Press Council aids its progress because no party is obligated to the final recommendation. Revival of interest in a press council in the United States has occurred as libel suits have increased. The final question remains as to whether the British Press Council model would work in the United States. (Forty-three endnotes are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)