Date of Award
W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Type of Degree
Deryl R. Leaming
Paul D. Stewart
How well do West Virginia’s press laws serve the West Virginia writer” Do we have enough law? If not, what do we need? The forgoing chapters provide an overview of the laws that exist for the writer in seven areas: Copyright, Fair Trial and Free Press, Shield Law, Libel, The Right of Privacy, Freedom of Information, and Open Meetings.
Only three of the above areas are regulated by West Virginia constitutional or stationary law: libel, access to government records, and access to government meetings.
Regulation of libel is provided by West Virginia’s Constitution with the West Virginia Code providing for justification and mitigation of damages in action for defamation.
Press law – West Virginia.
Carper, Helen Coon, "Law and the press in West Virginia" (1979). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1431.