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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The BJTC Awards

Every year the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) present awards to students whose work has been selected from over 80 affiliated colleges and universities. Student work for the BJTC 2012 Awards was submitted and judged in the following categories: News … Continue reading

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McNae’s essential law for journalists – Chapters 2-7

Chapter 2: The Editor’s Code of Practice The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) – adjudicates complaints against editors and journalists and requires editors to publish adverse adjudications. The PCC was created by the industry to self-regulate and raise journalistic standards by … Continue reading

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McNae’s essential law for journalists – Chapter 1

The UK as a ‘free press’ society: As a democratic society the censorship that represses the freedom of expression in some other nations, (such as China which operates under an authoritarian regime), does not affect journalists here in the UK. … Continue reading

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