Call for Papers: Fake News and Weaponized Defamation: Global Perspectives, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, 26 January 2018

“… ‘Weaponized defamation’ refers to the increasing invocation, and increasing use, of defamation and privacy torts by people in power to threaten press investigations, despite laws protecting responsible or non-reckless reporting. In the United States, for example, some politicians, including the current president, invoke defamation as both a sword and shield. Armed with legal power that individuals – and most news organizations – cannot match, politicians and celebrities, wealthy or backed by the wealth of others, can threaten press watchdogs with resource-sapping litigation; at the same time, some leaders appear to leverage their ‘lawyered-up’ legal teams to make knowingly false attacks – or recklessly repeat the false attacks of
others – with impunity. Papers should have an international or comparative focus that engages historical, contemporary or emerging issues relating to fake news or ‘weaponized defamation’ …” (more)

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