Florida lawmakers advanced bill making it easier to sue media outlets for defamation


Florida Republicans advanced a bill Tuesday making it easier to sue the media for libel.

HB 991 “provides that journalist’s privilege does not apply to defamation claims when defendant is professional journalist or media entity.”

State Rep. Alex Andrade is sponsoring the legislation in the House and says his policy would lower the threshold to bring defamation cases and limit who is considered a public figure. 

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