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Can the media put name on news if the person has not been arrested for some thing

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is it legal for media to names on the news and paper and rune moses reputation with out then being guilty

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  1. They routinely put suspects in the news at the direction of investigating agencies.

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  2. It is often newsworthy that someone is suspected, being investigated, accused, or otherwise involved in something, even if there is no arrest, prosecution, or conviction.

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  3. it is not defamation for a newspaper to report that john doe was arrested for allegedly doing this or that; they are just reporting a "newsworthy" event; even if john doe is not happy about seeing his name in the paper.


  4. Usually, the media is within their rights to report on an investigation.

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