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The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Public Relations:

  • Provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use overview to the field
  • Covers over 150 central concepts in PR
  • Paves the way for students to tackle primary texts
  • Grounds students in both practice and theory
  • Takes it further with recommended reading
Regulation (Press – Ownership and Contents)
Regulation (press – ownership and contents)

The claim that the UK press is a free press is certainly true if UK newspapers are compared to their sister papers in Russia or Zimbabwe. But it is equally certain that such a claim requires considerable qualification! In 1992, a government white paper Open Government (Cmnd 2290) listed 251 statutory instruments restricting newspapers’ ability to report government actions, along with 46 legislative restrictions arising from the various Official Secrets Acts, Prevention of Terrorism Acts and censorship (Article 19, 1989).

Regulation of the press can be statutory (that is, mandatory and imposed by government statue) or voluntary and self-regulatory (that is, imposed by a non-governmental body, including newspapers themselves). In both cases one of the ...

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