McNae's Essential Law for Journalists continues to provide definitive practical guidance on the effects of the law and the Press Complaints Commission Code of Conduct on newsgathering and publication. McNae's is endorsed by the National Council for the Training of Journalists as the essential text for students on journalism courses. It is the indispensable, complete and portable resource in the armoury of the practising journalist or editor; used in newsrooms, court rooms and at public meetings across the country. The authors' non-technical language, engaging writing style and use of topical examples makes the law clear and brings it to life. The nineteenth edition of this acclaimed book has been made even more user-friendly with a two colour text design and the inclusion of summaries and practical checklists to meet the needs of students and busy journalists who need quick answers to the questions they face in their day-to-day work. Online Resource Centre The book is complemented by a web site that provides a test bank of questions, updates, web links, key cases, latest news, and a "Does Your Story Contravene the Official Secrets Act?" table, along with a detailed explanation of the Official Secrets Act of 1911 and 1989.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Starting proceedings: reporting the courts; 3. Crimes; 4. Magistrates courts: summary proceedings; 5. Magistrates courts: preliminary hearings; 6. Juveniles in the news; 7. The crown court and the appeal courts; 8. Sexual offences and other statutory restrictions; 9. Magistrates courts: civil functions; 10. The civil courts; 11. Admission to the courts and access to court information; 12. Challenging the courts; 13. Divorce; 14. Bankruptcy and company liquidation; 15. Inquests; 16. Tribunals and inquiries; 17. Contempt of court; 18. Defamation; 19. What the claimant must prove; 20. How much protection?; 21. Criminal libel, slander, and malicious falsehoods; 22. Rehabilitation of Offenders Act; 23. Breach of confidence; 24. The journalist's sources; 25. Race relations; 26. Election law; 27. Freedom of information; 28. Copyright; 29. Official secrets; 30. Human Rights Act 1998; 31. The Codes; 32. Privacy; 33. Data Protection Act 1998; 34. The broadcast journalist; 35. The photographer and the law; 36. Northern Ireland; 37. The online journalist; Book list; Index
Tom Welsh was previously Editor of the Media Lawyer newsletter, having worked at the News Chronicle and The Guardian before becoming Editor of the North Western Evening Mail. After gaining experience of teaching journalism at Harlow College, he established the journalism courses at City University, London, where he was Director of Journalism Studies, and later honorary visiting fellow. Walter Greenwood is law consultant to Trinity Mirror Editorial Training, Newcastle upon Tyne, Chairman of the Law Examinations Board at the National Council for the Training of Journalists, and former editor (training) of Thompson Regional Newspapers. David Banks is Head of Short Course Training for Trinity Mirror Editorial Training and the former night editor of the Daily Post. He also teaches law on the Trinity Mirror Group's foundation course in journalism.