Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Media Law & Ethics

Main Topics of Study

The Legal System

  • Sources of law
  • The legal profession
  • Court system

Court Restrictions

  • Open court rule
  • Reporting restrictions in court
  • Industrial tribunals
  • Access to information
  • Gaining access
  • Challenging court decisions on access

Breach of Confidence

  • Obligation of confidence
  • What is confidential?
  • Defences

Contempt of Court

  • Strict liability rule
  • Defences
  • Injunctions

Libel

  • Principle of libel
  • Libel and slander
  • Libel and malicious falsehood
  • Defamation
  • Plantiff’s case
  • Defences against libel claims
  • Procedure, injunctions and damages

Criminal Libel

  • Distinction between civil and criminal libel
  • Criminal libel in newspapers
  • Defending criminal libel actions
  • Penalties
  • Blasphemous libel and seditious libel

Copyright

  • Copyright works
  • Who owns copyright
  • Infringement
  • Duration
  • Remedies

Journalist Sources

  • Legal implications and restraints

Obscenity, Indecent Displays and Racial Hatred

  • Definition of obscenity
  • Deprave and corrupt
  • Search, seizure and forfeiture
  • Public good defence
  • Indecent displays
  • Incitement of racial hatred

Elections and Parliament

  • Broadcasting controls
  • Statements about candidates
  • Parliamentary privilege and contempt
  • Freedom of speech

Professional Regulatory Bodies

  • Regulatory systems and roles

Right to Privacy

  • Basic propositions

Recommended Reading

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Law & the Media – Tom Crone (Butterworth Heinemann)

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Alternative Text and Further Reading:

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McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists – Tom Welsh & Walter Greenwood (Butterworth Heinemann)