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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

New York Times v Sullivan Case (US)

Adrienne Stone

Subject(s):
Censorship — Freedom of expression — Freedom of the press — Individual rights — Limitations on rights — Fundamental rights

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. New York Times v Sullivan (‘New York Times’) is a 1964 decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in which the Court established a well-known defence sharply limiting the capacity of public officials to bring actions for defamation . More precisely, the Court held that the protection of freedom of expression of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution required a ‘federal rule that prohibits a public official from recovering damages for a defamatory falsehood relating to his official conduct unless he proves that the statement was made with...
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