Hyperlinks as a defense against libel

<a href='http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=15385321'>Image via Shutterstock</a>

News sites that shun hyperlinks may be denying themselves valuable protection from defamation claims, Cindy Gierhart of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press writes on Poynter. Gierhart cites two court decisions in which links to other documents played key roles in shielding publishers from judgments: "Hyperlinking cannot put an end to all defamation claims. But given the recent court decisions, news media may want to rethink their hyperlinking strategy."