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Media’s Prerogative vs. Victims’ Right to Privacy, Part II  

Author:  Roslyn  Myers, J.D..

Source: Volume 05, Number 06, October/November 2004 , pp.73-75(3)

Sex Offender Law Report

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The last installment of this article discussing the media’s role in reporting or protecting crime victims’ identities and the public’s “right to know” enumerated the three considerations used by the Supreme Court to determine whether publication of a victim’s identification meets constitutional standards: 1. Whether the information was obtained legally and whether it is a matter of public importance; 2. Whether the information was already released; and 3. Whether punishing the media for publishing truthful information will make them censor themselves. Part II of this article, below, continues the examination of these considerations and cases that employ the Supreme Court standards.


Affiliations:  1: Fordham Law School.

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