The Journalist's Guide to Media Law

The Journalist's Guide to Media Law


By (author) Mark Pearson, By (author) Mark Polden

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 36mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1742370381
  • ISBN 13: 9781742370385
  • Edition: 4
  • Edition statement: 4th edition
  • Sales rank: 144,322

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The most highly regarded introduction to legal and ethical issues faced by journalists, fully updated to reflect recent cases and changes in the law.

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MARK PEARSON is Professor of Journalism at Bond University and holds a Master of Laws with a specialisation in media law. He has worked as a journalist on a variety of metropolitan, suburban and regional newspapers and was a section editor on The Australian. He is Australian correspondent for the international media freedom organisation Reporters Sans Frontieres. MARK POLDEN is a Sydney barrister. He was in house counsel for Fairfax Media for the best part of two decades, and in 2006 was a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission advisory committee on sedition.

Table of contents

Preface to the fourth edition..List of Tables..Abbreviations..Part 1: Journalists and the legal system..1 Media law and ethics..2 The legal system..3 Freedom of the press..Part 2: Reporting crime and justice..4 Open justice..5 Contempt of Court..6 Court reporting and restrictions..Part 3: Journalists and reputations..7 Identifying defamation..8 Defending defamation..Part 4: Investigative journalism..9 Keeping secrets: Confidentiality, sources and freedom of information legislation..10 Anti-terrorism and hate laws..Part 5: Ethics and the law..11 Intellectual property: Protecting your work and using the work of others..12 Privacy..13 The regulators..Appendix 1: MEAA (AJA) Code of Ethics..Appendix 2: Australian Press Council Statement of Principles..Index