International Libel Handbook

International Libel Handbook : A Practical Guide for Journalists

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The advance of the global media, whether by satellite, wire or Internet, has created unprecedented opportunities for publishers and journalists. But international publishing is a legal quagmire, especially the law of libel. This books charts a way through the problems international journalists can face, and reconciles some of the different laws affecting what they write. It explains and compares the law in eight countries - the United States, France, Germany, India, Japan, Australia, England and Wales, and Canada with contributions from leading lawyers in each country. There are also two general chapters - a comparative chapter on libel laws and a chapter on risk management tackling the practical daily problems which beset journalists and other writers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.75mm | 418g
  • Focal Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0750624884
  • 9780750624886

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This book charts a way through the problems international journalists face, and reconciles some of the different laws affecting what they write. It explains and compares the law in eight countries with expert contributions from leading lawyers in each one. This is an essential handbook which every busy editor should have within reaching distance of their desk.
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Table of contents

United States, R. Bruce Rich and Susan L. Amster; Australia, Andrew Percival and Victoria Holthouse; Canada, Doug Harrison; England and Wales, Nick Braithwaite; France, Joelle Hannelais; Germany, Bernd Meyer-Witting and Volker Schmits; India, Ashok Desai; Japan, Koichiro Nakada and Makoto Shimada; libel laws compared - towards a benchmark?; risk management.
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Review quote

'This important new book sets out to chart a path through the hazards affecting the media in eight countries..' - Commonwealth Press Union News, January 1996

'As media borders fall, it's all too easy to stumble on the legal hazards left behind. This is an important new guide for international journalists.'
David Feingold, CNN London Bureau Chief

'The book will be useful to practising journalists and lawyers who want to
know more about the libel laws of other countries, and the reviewer will
draw it to the attention of his bimedia postgraduate students looking for
project studies.'
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