Even though this article is written from the perspective of someone in Gambia, in Africa, it still has a worthy viewpoint that I think is worth highlighting.
Online journalists are only given absolute privileges when reporting court cases. They are generally covered by qualified privilege, which requires their news stories to be fair, accurate and without malice. By having only qualified privilege, online journalists can be sued for defamation when they include in their stories defamatory remarks said outside a court house or meeting.
Every once in a while it is a good idea to look at the law regarding online defamation in other countries. Just because we have capable ORM tools that can repair a damaged web reputation does not mean we shouldn’t seek to improve upon the laws that are available to us.