When Dimples sued Pinkie : libel and literary journalism in 1930s Britain

Finkelstein, David (2005) When Dimples sued Pinkie : libel and literary journalism in 1930s Britain. Ethical Space: the International Journal of Communication Ethics, 2 (1). pp. 20-25. ISSN 1741-0105

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What happens when media pundits joust against big business interests? In some cases, not much. In other cases, a great deal that results in judicious application of libel laws and threats of litigation. A classic example from 1938 follows, pitting North American media interests against British literary journalism. The unusual case of Shirley Temple versus Graham Greene highlights how far a Hollywood studio was prepared to go to protect the reputation of its most valuable commodity. It is a salutary example of what happens when literary journalists cross the line between fair comment and libel, and a clear example of the entanglement between media practices and moneyed interests.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Media, Communication and Production
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2009 13:56
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:37
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/224


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