(a) In any civil action for a defamatory statement which charges the visual or sound
broadcast of an erroneous statement alleged to be defamatory, it shall be relevant
and competent evidence for either party to prove that the plaintiff requested retraction
or omitted to request retraction.
(b) In any such action, the defendant may allege and give proof of the following matters,
(1)(A) That the matter alleged to have been broadcast and to be defamatory was published
(B) That the defendant, in a regular broadcast of the station over which the broadcast
in question was made, within three days after receiving written demand, corrected
and retracted the allegedly defamatory statement in as conspicuous and public a manner
as that in which the alleged defamatory statement was broadcast; and
(C) That, if the plaintiff so requested, the retraction and correction were accompanied,
on the same day, by an editorial in which the allegedly defamatory statement was specifically
(2) That no request for correction and retraction was made by the plaintiff.
(c) Upon proof of the facts specified in paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (b) of
this Code section, the plaintiff shall not be entitled to any punitive damages and
the defendant shall be liable only to pay actual damages. The defendant may plead the broadcast of the correction, retraction, or explanation,
including the editorial, if demanded, in mitigation of damages.
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