Guide for Bloggers and Non-Profit Organizations About Writing With Libel in Mind

By Paul Alan Levy, Public Citizen Litigation Group

Writing with Libel in Mind: a Guide for Non-Profits and Bloggers

This is a guide for bloggers and non-profit organizations about writing with libel considerations in mind. The guide discusses the elementary principles of libel law and explains how to prepare for and conduct a pre-publication libel review. It is particularly important to have a third party, not otherwise involved in the preparation of a report or blog post that criticizes individuals or organizations, compare all possibly-defamatory statements with the sources for those statements.