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Right of Reply
Right of reply

In some European countries, but not in the UK, regulation imposes a specific legal duty on media organizations to grant to any person or organization a right of reply, e.g. page space or airtime, to correct factual inaccuracies published about them. In some nations, this statutory right of reply includes opportunity to respond to published criticism, or unfair portrayal (Paraschos, 1998: 78–83). Irrespective of law, journalistic codes of ethics recognize, to varying extents, that parties subject to inaccuracy or attack should be granted a right of a reply (i.e. irrespective of any legal right).

In the UK, the ‘reply’ opportunity cast in the Press Complaints Commission's voluntary code is limited to opportunity to reply to inaccuracies. Usually, this is interpreted by ...

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