The Beehive Encyclopaedia: Negligence

Negligence defines someone’s failure to exercise the degree of care that would be reasonably expected from them. An average citizen sharing unverified information, for example, can be considered a reckless exercise (even when we have a long way to go before we achieve media literacy), but a journalist who does the same would certainly incurr in professional negligence – because this is reasonably expected from journalists in the exercise of their profession. Sadly, negligence is one of the main reasons why newspapers lie sometimes.

Negligence is a serious matter and results in harm or injury to other people, a harm which could be prevented had the negligent person fulfilled the duty care reasonably expected from them.


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