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.



As most of you will be new to the study of law, the first thing to do is come to terms with the court structure and appropriate legal terminology. Your lecturer should go through both elements. Do take note because this is important to the way you communicate in coursework and examinations. It is always worth pointing out the level at which a decision was made. For example, when talking about the Reynolds decision on qualified privilege, point out that it was a landmark House of Lords decision, the principles of which have been applied subsequently in a number of other cases. Too many students might simply write, ‘In Reynolds v. Times Newspapers Ltd … the Irish Prime Minister resigned. In other words, they ...

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