Category Archives: Media Law

Media Law: Codes of Conduct and Important Cases

Codes of Conduct The main bodies responsible for regulating the professional conduct of journalists are: NUJ Code of Conduct PCC Editors’ code of practice BBC Producer Guidelines (“standards and values”) Ofcom Broadcasting Code (sections 5,6,7,8) Under Ofcom rules there is … Continue reading

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Media Law: The Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 came into effect in 2005, giving the UK a broad right of access to information held by public authorities including government departments and local authorities. The Act obliges public authorities to offer requesters … Continue reading

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Media Law: Investigative Journalism – Deception, Subterfuge and Misrepresentation

Investigative journalism is a primary source of information as it is a form of journalism whereby a reporter may spend months, even years, researching a single topic of interest – often involving issues surrounding crime. Such a profession would most … Continue reading

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Media Law: Copyright

There is no copyright in news itself, only in the form in which it is expressed. In McNae’s essential law for journalists, copyright is described as a property right in law, to control who can copy work created by artistic and other … Continue reading

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Media Law: Confidentiality

The law of breach of confidence is based upon the principle that a person who has been given information in confidence should not take unfair advantage of it. Governments, businesses and individuals use this law to protect information they regard … Continue reading

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Media Law: Analysis of a newspaper in terms of defamation

In recent months floods of new information has come to light about DJ Jimmy Savile’s alleged sex attacks. On Tuesday October 16, 2012 The Sun branded the ex-presenter of Top of The Pops as ‘evil Jim’. In the article, which … Continue reading

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Media Law: Defamation and defences

Defamation The law protects an individual’s personal and professional reputation from unjustified attack. In civil law a defamatory statement may be found to be a tort – a civil wrong for which a court may award monetary damages. A statement … Continue reading

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