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How to detect a libel…

A journalism training firm has come up with a new solution to questions on libel and defamation – the Libel Detector!

Trainer Cleland Thom has produced a concise and easy-to-access checklist of the common dangers and pitfalls for journalists.

It comes laminated and is suitable for display on a notice board or to keep for handy reference in your drawer.

Cleland, who is based in London, said: “Journalists live with the ever-present threat of libel. It is often the small, silly things that catch us out. And mistakes can be costly. A Libel Detector can help you avoid them.

“The detector provides a quick, simple guide to the problem areas, the things to look out for, the things to check, and the hidden dangers. It lists the dos and don’ts at a glance. If you read any story against it, the risks will be plain to see.”

Cleland Thom’s business delivers law training at newspapers and radio stations all over the UK and operates a Legal Hotline service for journalists who need help with legal queries.

The new detectors cost £9.95 each. E-mail cleland.thom@tesco.net for more details.

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