Is link removal defamation? (Journalism links for Nov. 18)

These are select links tagged by members of my network on November 18 through November 19th:

Of particular interest to journalists who regularly link to other sites is an item submitted by Paul Bradshaw (aka paulb). “How removing links can land you in court” is three-point summary of an article by The Register (UK) that explains why the New Statesman took down a June blog post in which politics editor Martin Bright expressed his concern that the  Guardian/Observer was “forced to pull down six articles about Nadhmi Auchi.” That same Statesman post linked to the Wikleaks web site. According to The Register …

The magazine removed links to Wikileaks after it was approached by lawyers acting for Iraqi-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi.

This led Wikileaks editor Julian Assange to accuse New Statesman of effectively defaming him and his publication by suggesting its content was inaccurate.

Nolo defines defamation as a “false statement that injures someone’s reputation and exposes him to public contempt, hatred, ridicule, or condemnation.” Which leads me to ask this question:



And now on to today’s unorganized list of links: