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.

Reporting Restrictions

Reporting restrictions

Core Areas

  • Magistrates' and Crown Courts
  • Youth courts
  • Adult courts
  • Civil proceedings – wards of court

This topic is integral to a media law syllabus. One aspect of it is touched on in the next section when considering postponement orders under section 4(2) of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. This section, though, is broader, including the day-to-day restrictions faced by reporters in their endeavours to report on the courts accurately and fairly for the benefit of the public.

The first question you are likely to have to ponder is whether or not the principles justifying reporting restrictions are consistent with the media's rights to freedom of expression and open justice?

The answer is to be found in the interplay between Articles 10 and 6. Everyone has the right ...

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