Football fans are known for their intense hatred for the Premier League, but that does not mean they do not have legal options available to them.
According to the Oklahoma Attorney General, football fans have the right to sue for defamation if they believe a journalist or commentator has “incited a breach of the peace” by writing a negative article about them.
The law states that “incitement to breach of peace” is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.
The Oklahoma AG’s office did not respond to our request for comment on this case.
However, it does not explicitly state that fans have a right to make defamation claims.
In this case, the law is clear: “A person is not entitled to recover damages, including reasonable attorney fees, for defamation for any conduct of another that is reasonably likely to cause a breach or annoyance to the other.”
The law is designed to give fans the opportunity to seek redress for defamation claims they may have received, and it also aims to protect the rights of journalists.
The Oklahoma Attorney Generaal’s office has already started issuing press releases detailing how the law applies to the football fans of Oklahoma.
They will likely continue issuing press conferences in the coming weeks, to allow fans to ask questions and explain their rights.
Football fans are also well aware of how the legal system deals with other forms of defamation, such as defamation of politicians.
As the case involving Oklahoma Attorney-General Scott Pruitt illustrates, there are a number of ways a journalist can be sued for defamation:The First Amendment does not protect journalists from defamation.
As Oklahoma’s Attorney General noted, it is an offence to “make false, malicious or reckless statements about another person or persons.”
Journalists are also protected by the First Amendment in cases where they publish information or facts which are “defamatory” of another person, or to publish “recklessly false, defamatory or misleading information or statements”.
A reporter can also be sued if he/she makes false statements about the identity of a third party, for example, by publishing a story about a celebrity or a politician.
However it is also possible to seek compensation if a journalist’s conduct is defamatic.
If a journalist is accused of defaming a third person, the reporter could be compensated for defamation or other losses.
For example, the Oklahoma AG noted that if a newspaper publishes a story that alleges that a celebrity is being harassed, or that a politician is being investigated for a sexual misconduct allegation, the newspaper may be liable for damages if the journalist published false statements.
This law, and the Oklahoma law, are intended to protect journalists, not football fans.
The law also applies to journalists who work for other news organisations.
For example, a journalist working for a national newspaper could be sued under this law if they publish “false, malicious, or reckless” statements about a newspaper’s parent organisation.
A journalist working at a news agency could also be subject to defamation claims if they make false or reckless comments about a company or a person.
However there are also limitations to this law.
The First Amendment only applies to “speech which has been specifically authorized by Congress or by a state statute, or which may be reasonably interpreted by Congress as giving rise to a First Amendment interest.”
There is no mention of how journalists who are working for other media outlets, or who are employed by a media organisation, can seek damages under the Oklahoma defamation law.
We contacted the Oklahoma attorney general’s office to ask about the law, but were not given a response.
However the Oklahoma ADG did respond to us.
We are calling on the Oklahoma legislature to pass a law that allows journalists to seek damages in defamation cases involving football fans in Oklahoma.