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International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers (Bloomberg) Hardcover – 26 Mar 2013


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Especially now, in an age of instant global access through digital media, it is vitally important that journalists, authors and publishers, as well as the lawyers who serve them, be fully up on the laws governing the media, worldwide. Enter International Libel and Privacy Handbook, Third Edition.

The ultimate resource for media content providers and purveyors, wherever they are based, this fully updated and expanded edition of the critically acclaimed handbook gives you instant access to relevant libel and privacy laws and important legal rulings in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. Written by veteran journalist and First Amendment lawyer, Charles Glasser, and based on extensive surveys of lawyers around the world all of them experts in their nation′s or region′s media and privacy laws International Libel and Privacy Handbook, Third Edition features:

  • Nation–by–nation summaries of libel and privacy law written by local practitioners in an easy–to–use reference format
  • Clear, concise explanations of the risks you may face from publication and steps you can take to avoid legal conflicts
  • Detailed descriptions of the legal defenses available to you in the event that a claim is filed against you or your company
  • Expanded to include coverage of Latin America as well as the latest libel and privacy rulings
  • All–new chapters devoted to emerging media markets including Israel, Argentina, Jordan and others as well as valuable updates to the Middle East section
  • Updates on all major media markets and nations, along with coverage of changes in libel laws in key jurisdictions, including Australia, the UK, Hungary and Germany

While the bulk of its coverage is devoted to providing the straight facts about the media laws of more than thirty nations, worldwide, this book′s overriding purpose is to help you avoid libel suits rather than fighting a suit once one has been filed against you. To that end, each author provides an analytical framework for reviewing your practices in light of the fundamental moral philosophy, political history, cultural biases and economic structures informing his or her nation′s media and privacy laws.

International Libel and Privacy Handbook, Third Edition is an indispensable survival guide for everyone in the media industries whether they are investigative reporters, TV journalists, book or magazine editors and publishers, in–house counsel or popular bloggers.

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The ultimate resource for media content providers and purveyors, wherever they are based

International Libel and Privacy Handbook, Third Edition

"We deal with libel and privacy cases in countries across the world, and we need to have a good understanding of the basic legal principles that apply in each of them. Charles Glasser′s book provides exactly that and this new edition, covering more countries in the Middle East and the Americas, is as useful and indispensable as the previous two."

Peter Noorlander, Chief Executive, Media Legal Defence Initiative

"The Third Edition of Charles Glasser′s Handbook can be variously described as: authoritative, practical, accessible, user–friendly, indispensable and, most of all, welcome. Globalization of media law is as much a fact as the limitless exposure of online content to liability anywhere on the planet. The updated and expanded (29 chapters, up from 23) International Libel and Privacy Handbook uniquely addresses these new problems and represents the multinational legal authority of choice for today′s journalists, publishers, webmasters, and lawyers."

Richard N. Winfield, International Senior Lawyers Project, Of Counsel, Clifford Chance U.S. LLP

"Charles Glasser has pulled together a concise and pragmatic guide to media law throughout the world. Well organized and authoritative, it is a sobering reminder that speech that is fully protected in some places can put your client in jail in others. But this is also an empowering book, demonstrating that it is both possible and essential to promote robust but ethical journalism even in countries that are still discovering the salutary effects of a free press."

Jane E. Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, University of Minnesota

"For many years, attorneys have awaited publication of a single volume summarizing libel and privacy law throughout the world. At long last, we can now compare on a nation–by–nation basis how countries in the Americas, Asia, and Europe deal with libel and privacy issues and how that treatment differs from the United States. This book offers a sophisticated and reader–friendly response to the core questions that any practitioner frequently must consider."

Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon & Reindel (from a review of the first edition)

"In the Internet age, we increasingly are required to know media laws around the world. [This] is an indispensable addition to our law library."

Lucy Dalglish, Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (from a review of the first edition)


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