Libel law and the press: The Struggle of the Korean Press to Establish ‘Public Person’ Privilege Against Libel Litigation

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This article examines how the Korean press is trying to establish a ‘public person’ privilege - which orginates from US libel law - as protection against libel litigation. The Korean press, free from political restraint since 1987, now faces an increasing number of libel suits that could impede press freedom. Considering that the press was almost immune to the threat of libel litigation, at least until 1987, the recent efforts of the Korean press to find a safeguard indicate that the libel situation in Korea has profoundly changed. Analysis of cases, news articles and editorials shows that there is a difference in the definition of ‘public person’ between the courts and the media. The Korean press will continue constructing the meaning of ‘public person’ as a means of protection until the courts realize the press's need for a safeguard against the threat of libel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-446
Number of pages14
JournalGazette
Volume61
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999 Jan 1

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In: Gazette, Vol. 61, No. 5, 01.01.1999, p. 433-446.

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