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Im filing a civil law suit against a local newspaper. I am a third party candidate running for state senate and the newspaper has refused to give me any coverage despite my being on the ballot. I need a cause of action to sue.

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Hello,

While I know this isn't what you want to necessarily hear, there is no cause of action for a newspaper choosing not to give you coverage. They are afforded freedom of speech/freedom of the press, and there is no law I can point you to that says they have to cover particular stories or candidates. Indeed, there are numerous media outlets, large and small, on both sides of the political aisle, that simply don't cover what is going on with the other party, or choose to but a very heavy bias into what they write. Again, it may only appeal to a certain segment of the population, but it isn't unlawful and there's no basis to sue.

Now, if the newspaper were writing false/malicious things about you then you certainly may have a good cause of action for defamation of character, but based on the facts provided, I see no grounds to sue.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
What about equal air time for candidates? isnt there a statute or something they have to follow
isnt it a first amendment right to run for office and the paper is infringing upon that right by not covering a person
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Next, the Division of Elections omitted my party from the ballot. I need a cause of action to force them to redo the ballots with my correct party listed
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Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

The "equal time" rules apply to radio and television and they DO NOT provide that a media outlet must actually report on your candidacy, they say that if one candidate is offered radio or TV time, then all of the candidates have to be allowed to purchase time at similar prices and for similar amounts of time. There is no law mandating a reporter give you or any candidate any recognition and you cannot force the paper to do so I am afraid.

If the board of elections left your party off the ballot and it is a recognized political party within the state, then you may sue for correction of the ballots to correctly reflect your party affiliation, but the most you can get from this suit is an order from the court to redo the ballots, no money damages.

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