Ordinarily, there is a legally enforceable right to recover damages for libelous statements. On the other hand, newspapers enjoy a constitutionally guaranteed right of free press. Free press however is not synonymous with a license to libel and newspapers normally stand in no better position than any other member of the community in defense of libel suits.
James W. Adams, Newspaper Immunity in Reporting Judicial Proceedings, 17 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 271 (1968)