Should the Press Be Restrained? Re-examining Libel Laws

Event The Constitution
Event The Constitution

October 3, 2019 Should the Press Be Restrained? Re-examining Libel Laws

Part of Heritage's "Preserve the Constitution" series

Thursday, Oct 3, 2019

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC


America’s Founders understood the press as both a necessary component of republican government and a potential threat to political liberty. They counted on libel laws to restrain the press’s natural excesses. But the Supreme Court dramatically changed the nature of libel law in its landmark 1964 decision, New York Times v. Sullivan. How has this ruling changed the character of America’s press, and what have been long term consequences of this ruling? Should this decision be revisited? Please join us as our panel of experts consider whether stronger libel laws against the press should be revived.

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