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Author Baker, Roy, LLM, PhD
Title Defamation law and social attitudes : ordinary unreasonable people / Roy Baker
Imprint Cheltenham, U.K. ; Northampton, Mass. : Edward Elgar, c2011
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  KU943 .B35 2011    AVAILABLE    30660020114539
Descript xx, 337 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-332) and index
Introduction -- Formulating the test for defamation -- Refining the test -- Applying the test -- The lawyers' answers -- The publics' answers -- The third-person effect -- Accomodating the third-person effect -- Conclusion -- Appendix I. Description of the imaginary media reports as given to intreviewees -- Appendix II. Text of hypothetical newspaper article and interpretations used in student (denotative meaning) survey
"The common law determines whether a publication is defamatory by considering how 'ordinary reasonable people' would respond to it. But how does the law work in practice? Who are these 'ordinary reasonable people' and what do they think? This book examines the psychology behind how judges, juries and lawyers decide what is defamatory. Drawing on a thorough examination of case law, as well as extensive empirical research, including surveys involving over 4,000 members of the general public, interviews with judges and legal practitioners and focus groups representing various sections of the community, this book concludes that the law reflects fundamental misperceptions about what people think and how they are influenced by the media. The result is that the law tends to operate so as to unfairly disadvantage publishers, thus contributing to defamation law's infamous 'chilling effect' on free speech"--Provided by publisher
Subject Libel and slander -- Australia
Libel and slander -- Australia -- Public opinion
Public opinion -- Australia
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