43.5204 Media management to be given opportunity to publish correction prior to action for libel or slander.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 43.5204]

(a) Before any civil action may be commenced on account of any defamatory publication in any newspaper, periodical, or radio or television station, the libeled person shall first give those alleged to be responsible or liable for the publication a reasonable opportunity to correct the libelous or defamatory matter. The opportunity must be given by notice in writing specifying the article and the statements therein which are claimed to be false and defamatory and a statement of what are claimed to be the true facts. The notice may also state the sources, if any, from which the true facts may be ascertained with definiteness and certainty.

(b) One week following receipt of notice is within a reasonable time for correction.

History: 1980, PL 16-64 § 4.