Asking CA Legislators to author a bill that would make it unlawful to defame a person who is deceased. Slander and Libel are not protected expressions of speech under the "First Amendment" while a person is living. The same protection should be extended to a person after they are deceased. The loved ones of someone who has passed on should not have to live with the continued defamatory stories that can so easiy be paraded as fact.
This EVENT will be on going until a CA Senator or Assemblyman decides to take on this bill. The CADEFLAW group would like to thank ALL of you, in advance, who choose to participate in this campaign. Please send as many letters as you can and PASS THIS INFO around.
Please find, also, the form letters on this site and under the info tab of the CADEFLAW fb page and the CA legislators names/addresses/contact links on the note page. Please feel free to create your own personal letters to legislators. The form letters are for your convenience only.
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Letters can be sent via:
1. Regular mail
CA residents may use form boxes on legislators websites to send letters. Some legislators have included all states on contact forms so that anyone may write to them. Find website info on subpages one and two of "Letter Writing Campaign" on this site.
Please email a copy of your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be collecting the letters and binding them to take or send to the CA legislators.
* SAMPLE FOUNDATION LETTER 1*
Dear Senator or Assemblyman:
I am writing to you today to express concern over the general lack of integrity, responsibility, and accountability on the part of our news media in all of its forms; print, broadcast, and electronic. In the last twenty years we have seen a deterioration of truth and unbiased objectivity in the presentation of news. There has even been a shift in what is considered news. Specifically, this letter addresses the media’s treatment of those who are deceased. The coverage of Michael Jackson’s sudden death last year is a perfect example of a press out of control. While the media’s treatment of Mr. Jackson during his lifetime was the most aggressive and egregious misuse of the power of the press that has ever been seen in our country, it is even more disturbing that it continued denigrating him after he had passed on. Although Mr. Jackson is a widely known celebrity, the same treatment can befall anyone in our country whether they are a celebrity, a politician, an average citizen, or even a child. That is why I am bringing this matter before you.
Journalists can hide behind the First Amendment while they exploit people for entertainment and profit. Freedom of speech is a right that we enjoy in our country, and to lose any part of that freedom would be a travesty. However, with freedom comes responsibility. Words are powerful, and leave their affects long after they have been uttered. It is reprehensible to continue to damage a person’s reputation by promoting rumor, innuendo, gossip and sensationalism as fact after they can no longer protect themselves.
I am asking you to initiate a bill that would make it unlawful to defame a person who is deceased. Slander and libel are not protected under the First Amendment while a person is living. The same protection should be extended to a person after they are deceased. The loved ones of someone who has passed on should not have to live with the continued defamatory stories that can so easily be paraded as fact. Although a high profile celebrity is named here as an example of media out of control, the damage of the press extends to every citizen, regardless of fame, wealth, or social standing. It is time for our leaders to take a stand against irresponsible journalism and fight to protect the rights of those who can no longer fight for themselves. Please consider this issue worthy of action.
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