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While most staff writers take for granted that their publications' attorneys will defend them should the subjects of their stories ever get litigious, freelancers can't count on the same protection. Some agreements may make freelance journalists responsible for things such as libel, slander, invasion of privacy or copyright infringement – something that could be risky and costly for health writers doing investigative pieces about a drug, device, doctor or medical institution. Independent journalist Jane Allen writes about liability insurance for freelancers and offers some ways to protect yourself.
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