From: Jim Thompson
Subject: Re: What's going on in Australia?
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Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 00:18:12 GMT
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On Wed, 25 Dec 2002 23:39:21 +0000,
John Woodgate ,
In Newsgroup: alt.binaries.schematics.electronic,
Entitled: "Re: What's going on in Australia?",
Wrote the following:
|I read in sci.electronics.design that Bill Sloman
|wrote (in ) about 'What's going on in
|Australia?', on Wed, 25 Dec 2002:
|> despite the fact that the "facts"
|>alleged expose Mr Gutnick to hatred, ridicule or contempt.
|Not true. That would be malicious, and would not be defensible. You can
|say (if it is true) that 'Mr. X has been a director of a string of
|failed companies that lost investors millions, and is now under
|investigation by the SEC.' but to say 'Mr. X is a rogue, a liar and a
|cheat.' is malicious and indefensible.
In the US, if the "target" is a "public figure", there is no "malice".
Needless to say, this law was written by politicians so they could say
anything they wanted about their opponents.
Of course their intent backfired... we can call politicians and other
"public figures" just about anything we want ;-)
Likewise the "junk fax" laws. Politicians didn't want to hear from
constituents who flooded their fax machines. Now *I'm* protected from
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