Defamation and Oral History

There is an interesting article at the Oxford University Press blog about the intersection of oral history and defamation claims. It points out the need for oral historians of all sorts to not only keep an ear out for statements about criminal conduct from their interviewees, but also statements that could be potentially defamatory. The Internet has increased the availability of audio interviews and transcripts. Stories before have pinpointed the possible dangers of inaccurate transcription, but this story points out that there can still be complications arising from an accurately transcribed interview.

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