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.

Contempt of Court: Prejudicial Reporting

Contempt of court: Prejudicial reporting

Mr Justice Moses, the judge at the Soham murder trial of Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr, told the media (April 2003):

The detection and suppression of crime depends to an important degree on a fair trial with safe verdicts. The press plays its part in that fairness by ensuring balanced and fair reporting. I cannot imagine that any journalist wants to face the families and friends of the victims, whose interests they so loudly seek to defend, and confess that their work, their articles, their stories, their photographs have prevented a trial taking place at all or continuing. In short the important right of the press to report on public trials carries with it a responsibility to ...

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