Good News – and Bad

One of the latent dangers indigenous to our constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press has to do with the protection of the individual against the detriment that might come from news reports involving him. There are libel laws which protect against false charges. If an individual believes his character or livelihood have been damaged by a defamatory article, he can sue. As the plaintiff he must refute the story and show how the defendant caused him harm by printing a canard. The defendant attempts to substantiate the truth of the article. The printing of news may besmirch an individual’s character, but there’s no way to alleviate this problem without changes in the constitution. This would be tantamount to destroying the efficacy of our coveted right to learn the truth from the press. We all deprecate a situation in which someone suffers because of exposure in the newspapers. Only when the harm is caused by someone with a desire to malign under the guise of printing the news can the individual expect to win compensation through the courts.

  • indigenous – asli, pribumi
  • detriment – kerugian, kerusakan
  • defamatory – bersifat memfitnah/mencemarkan
  • plaintiff – penuntut, pengguggat
  • refute – membantah, menyangkal, membuktikan bahwa salah
  • canard – omong kosong, desas desus, berita yang dibuat buat/dibesar-besarkan
  • substantiate – memperkuat, menyokong, membenarkan
  • besmirch – menodai, menjelekkan
  • alleviate – mengurangi, meredakan, meringankan
  • tantamount – sama, serupa, setara
  • efficacy – kemanjuran, kemujaraban
  • coveted – mendamkana, merindukan
  • deprecate – mencela, mengutuk, memprotes
  • malign – memfitnah, merusak, membusukkan
  • guise – kedok, samaran, pandangan, pakaian

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