Media Law is an essential and accessible introduction to the subject that will assist media; journalism and law students understand key concepts and aid their revision. This book, designed to complement existing textbooks will advise readers on how best to utilise the vast and ever growing array of information at their disposal. The tone and level of this guide makes it easy to follow and should prove invaluable in helping students construct assessed coursework. Established principles and contemporary developments in media law are covered and include: " Privacy and Confidentiality " Defamation " Contempt of Court " Reporting Restrictions " Freedom of Expression " Recent statutory and Case Law developments. Readers are shown how to research, identify and crucially apply media law principles to meet their needs and those of their examiners. This book is part of the SAGE Course Companion Series. Developed as accessible reference tools, SAGE Course Companions offer an introduction to the subject and encourage students to extend their understanding of key concepts, issues and debates.

Defamation

Defamation

Core Areas

  • Definition of defamation
  • Do the words relate to the claimant?
  • Every fresh publication of an allegedly defamatory statement may give rise to a fresh cause of action
  • what kinds of comments may be held to be defamatory?
  • Defences in defamation actions

This is a major topic and you are certain to have to answer questions on it that involves a number of different aspects of the law. There are so many issues that you may be given the opportunity to deliver a course-work essay on the topic as well as a problem question in the examination.

I will go through the key elements of this subject as succinctly as possible.

Introductory Comments

You need to understand and appreciate the significance of the following.

  • The distinction between the terms libel and slander. The basic ...
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