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McNae's Essential Law for Journalists Paperback – 30 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: LexisNexis UK; 17th Revised edition edition (30 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0406959498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0406959492
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 3 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,779,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tom Welsh, Editor of the MEDIA LAWYER newsletter. Walter Greenwood, Law Consultant, Trinity Mirror Training, Newcastle upon Tyne, formerly editor (training), Thomson Regional Newspapers and Chair, Law Examinations Board, NCTJ.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Ellis on 16 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
McNae's Essential Law for Journalist 17th Edition
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McNae's Essential law for journalists is a magnificent insight into the legal profession without having studied before. I can understand if you are just starting a journalism course like I was you may find this book overwhelming to read, but I can assure you that this book will take you all the way through your journalistic/media careers, if you follow it and know your law, hopefully you will not find yourself in deep waters with a law suit pending.
The book is great for anyone who is just starting their journalistic careers through to an experienced journalist.
The 17th edition has been released two years after the previous edition and is important through the developments of the legal system. It is also a useful guide reference.
With changes in law occurring frequently journalists need to keep up to date with the new legislations.
Since the 16th edition there are some developments that are crucial to the journalist. There have been three new sets of reporting restrictions introduced in the means of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the Courts Act 2003. There are also many other new legislations, these include Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, Sexual Offences Act 2003, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Police Reform Act 2002 and the Adoption and Children Act 2002. There are also new guidelines in place in the High Court on the use of orders under Section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and on naming of children made to anti-social behaviour orders.
There have been setbacks for the journalist as well as court rulings strengthening certain defences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lily Lit on 13 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a readable law text for those with a basic understanding of law, it is easy to read and explains concepts within the law well under themed chapter headings. It is therefore an excellent guide for the journalist who only needs the basic legal knowledge to protect themselves within their career, such as copyright, privacy law, contempt of court etc. However if you are studying a journalism course it would not be advisable if you wish your answers to stand out to fully rely on this text as each and every journalism student will be relying upon the same for their final assignments and examinations. I did keep it in my desk throughout my years in journalism as a quick and handy guide which i could dip in and out of should a legal question arise about certain issues however living in Northern Ireland, parts of the book were inapplicable to myself within my career.

The one disadvantage with this text, rings true in all law text books, is that it soon becomes outdated, emerging legislation and statute law can be unpredictable and even within a matter of days after buying such a text it can then be outdated.
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