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.

Introductory Themes

Introductory themes

Core Areas

  • Freedom of expression
  • Public interest

Before embarking on this section, please re-read my comments at the beginning of this chapter, where I suggested that an introduction to media law would, in all probability, centre on concepts such as free speech, and its links with human rights and constitutional and legislative rights, and the emotive concept of public interest.

It is in this early part of the course that you could be introduced to the law against prior restraint. If you are reading media law as a media studies undergraduate or a trainee journalist without prior legal knowledge, then you are also likely to be briefly introduced to the major elements of the English legal system (see pages 21 and 168).

Freedom of Expression

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