2010 Arkansas Code
Title 16 - Practice, Procedure, And Courts
Subtitle 5 - Civil Procedure Generally
Chapter 63 - Pleadings And Pretrial Proceedings
Subchapter 5 - Citizen Participation in Government Act
§ 16-63-503 - Definitions.

16-63-503. Definitions.

As used in this subchapter:

(1) "An act in furtherance of the right of free speech or the right to petition government for a redress of grievances under the United States Constitution or the Arkansas Constitution in connection with an issue of public interest or concern" includes, but is not limited to, any written or oral statement, writing, or petition made:

(A) Before or to a legislative, executive, or judicial proceeding, or other proceeding authorized by a state, regional, county, or municipal government; or

(B) In connection with an issue under consideration or review by a legislative, executive, or judicial body, or other body authorized by a state, regional, county, or municipal government; and

(2) (A) "Privileged communication" means a communication made:

(i) In, to, or about an issue of public concern related to any legislative, executive, or judicial proceeding, or other proceeding authorized by a state, regional, county, or municipal government;

(ii) In the proper discharge of an official duty; and

(iii) By a fair and true report of any legislative, executive, or judicial proceeding, or other proceeding authorized by a state, regional, county, or municipal government, or anything said in the course of the proceeding.

(B) "Privileged communication" also includes:

(i) All expressions of opinion or criticisms in regard to any legislative, executive, or judicial proceeding, or other proceeding authorized by a state, regional, county, or municipal government; and

(ii) All criticisms of the official acts of any and all public officers.

(C) "Privileged communication" does not include a statement or report made with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false.
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