TSC Rules Media May Not Be Compelled to Disclose Protected Information

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that the fair report privilege provided to journalists cannot be defeated by either express or actual malice. The decision came in an appeal arising out of a defamation action that Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk filed against Scripps Media Inc. and Nashville reporter Phil Williams. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the trial court for further proceedings to determine if the reports were fair and accurate and whether the information was obtained from an official action or proceeding. Justice Cornelia Clark authored the court's opinion.
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