CHAPTER 5

Macro Editing for Legality, Ethics and Propriety

 

 

Law, ethics and propriety involve principles that help editors decide what not to publish or how to present their stories in a way that poses fewer problems.

American media law is unique in that, theoretically, the First Amendment bans all government limitations on the press. But the Constitution provides for copyright laws the media are not free to violate, and freedom from government censorship doesn’t exempt the media from lawsuits by private individuals for libel, invasion of privacy or negligence. Then, too, Congress and the courts have decided that electronic media don’t deserve the freedom from regulation the print media have, so broadcast media are licensed, whereas ...

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