Now in its Fourth Edition, this classic textbook has grown up alongside the newspaper industry. Today, as ever, it provides students of newspaper journalism with a toolkit for gathering news and filling ever-increasing space with first-rate copy for print and online. Informed by over half a century’s professional experience and fully revised to give a nuanced account of the skills required in an online environment, this book is an essential companion for your journalism degree and beyond.
Chapter 9: Reporting the Courts
Reporting the Courts
Justice in the United Kingdom must be seen to be done. Therefore courts are open to journalists and the public, and absolute privilege protects fair, accurate and contemporaneous court reports against libel actions. If journalists are excluded or their reporting restricted, there must normally be an Act of Parliament which requires or empowers the court to exclude or restrict them.
These restrictions grow ever more complex. To fully grasp what you can and cannot safely report, you need to read McNae's Essential Law for Journalists. What this chapter attempts is to suggest how, given the way the courts work, the many stories told in court can best be presented to readers.
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