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Published: 26 June 2020

568 Pages


ISBN: 9780198839835

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McNae's Essential Law for Journalists

Twenty-fifth edition

Mark Hanna and Mike Dodd

  • The authors' combined expertise in media reporting and teaching offers practical, clear, and accurate detail on vital areas of the law
  • Up-to-date case studies and examples help contextualize difficult areas for readers new to the subject and assists assessment preparation
  • 'Remember' points throughout the text highlight complex areas and provide tips for reporting, ensuring that readers understand how to balance their legal obligations with breaking news, while the 'Remember your rights' feature provides advice from the authors on asserting rights
  • The only media law text published in partnership with the NCTJ, and designed to match accredited syllabi. This text is also recommended for a broad range of media qualifications, and is an indispensable companion for professionals working in industry
  • Online resources accompany the book, including self-test questions to help students test their understanding, regular legal updates and additional reading material
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this Edition:

  • The latest updates in prominent news areas, including privacy law with commentary on Sir Cliff Richard's victory over the BBC; contempt of court and why Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka Tommy Robinson was jailed, and the latest developments in defamation law
  • New case studies on recent rulings by regulators about whether undercover journalism was ethical, and of a Court of Appeal judgment allowing the media to identify a 17-year-old convicted of murder
  • Explanation of new rules, including giving journalists quicker access to prosecution and mitigation material in 'single justice procedure' court cases, and the change to Editors' Code of Practice to help preserve anonymity for sexual offence victims
  • Analysis of a Supreme Court judgment setting out 'open justice' principles on when journalists can have access to court case material
  • Example of how to cover a 'modern slavery' case without identifying the victim

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