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 you read this part of the book, it will probably become increasingly apparent that certain themes can be identified that permeate a number of elements of your media law course. Let us look at two of them next.

Privacy and Freedom of Expression

The concept of the public interest is one that has been referred to earlier. Another, which has had a far greater impact on media law, is the Human Rights Act 1998, together with the European Convention on Human Rights. If you consider the first schedule to the Human Rights Act, you will soon discover the extent to which the various articles of the Convention can impact media law. There are clearly two articles that are pivotal for the media and hold the ...

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