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.

Protection of Sources

Protection of sources

Core Areas

  • Section 10
  • Development of law by study of cases
  • Other legislative considerations

Although this subject matter is covered by the Contempt of Court Act 1981, the protection of sources topic is often treated as a discrete entity by examiners, so this is the approach that I shall adopt here.

The starting point is section 10 of the 1981 Act. This section appears to give support to a fundamental principle of journalism, that reporters are under a professional duty to protect their sources of information. The assumption is that the free flow of information will be reduced to a trickle if journalists cannot give anonymity to the sources of stories. The ‘responsible journalism’ principle examined above assumes a degree of correlation between the credibility ...

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