McNae's Essential Law for Journalists / Edition 19

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McNae's Essential Law for Journalists continues to provide definitive practical guidance on the effects of the law and the Press Complaints Commission Code of Conduct on news gathering and publication.

McNae's is endorsed by the National Council for the Training of Journalists as the essential text for students on journalism courses. It is the indispensable, complete and portable resource in the armory of the practicing journalist or editor; used in newsrooms, court rooms and at public meetings across the country.

The authors' non-technical language, engaging writing style and use of topical examples makes the law clear and brings it to life. The nineteenth edition of this acclaimed book has been made even more user-friendly with a two color text design and the inclusion of summaries and practical checklists to meet the needs of students and busy journalists who need quick answers to the questions they face in their day-to-day work.

The book is complemented by a web site that provides a test bank of questions, updates, web links, key cases, and latest news.

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Editorial Reviews

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Indispensable, even if you have lawyers in-house"--The Independent

"A wonderful mix of topical subjects, live examples, light jokes and anecdotes and first class advice..."--Alastair Brett, Legal Manager, Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199211548
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/3/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 19
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Welsh was previously Editor of the Media Lawyer newsletter, having worked at the News Chronicle and The Guardian before becoming Editor of the North Western Evening Mail. After gaining experience of teaching journalism at Harlow College, he established the journalism courses at City University, London, where he was Director of Journalism Studies, and later honorary visiting fellow. Walter Greenwood is law consultant to Trinity Mirror Editorial Training, Newcastle upon Tyne, Chairman of the Law Examinations Board at the National Council for the Training of Journalists, and former editor (training) of Thompson Regional Newspapers. David Banks is Head of Short Course Training for Trinity Mirror Editorial Training and the former night editor of the Daily Post. He also teaches law on the Trinity Mirror Group's foundation course in journalism.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Starting proceedings : reporting the courts 12
3 Crimes 22
4 Magistrates courts : summary proceedings 26
5 Magistrates courts : preliminary hearings 33
6 Juveniles in the news 42
7 The crown court and the appeal courts 61
8 Sexual offences and other statutory restrictions 73
9 Magistrates courts : civil functions 83
10 The civil courts 86
11 Admission to the courts and access to court information 95
12 Challenging the courts 116
13 Divorce 144
14 Bankruptcy and company liquidation 147
15 Inquests 152
16 Tribunals and inquiries 158
17 Contempt of court 169
18 Defamation 196
19 What the claimant must prove 213
20 How much protection? 224
21 Criminal libel, slander, and malicious falsehoods 262
22 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 271
23 Breach of confidence 275
24 The journalist's sources 295
25 Race relations 318
26 Election law 321
27 Freedom of information 324
28 Copyright 354
29 Official secrets 366
30 Human Rights Act 1998 370
31 The codes 381
32 Privacy 389
33 Data Protection Act 1998 414
34 The broadcast journalist 432
35 The photographer and the law 441
36 Northern Ireland 450
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