McNae's Essential Law for Journalists Paperback – 23 Jun 2005
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About the Author
Tom Welsh is editor of the MEDIA LAWYER newsletter, having previously worked at the News Chronicle and the Guardian before becoming Editor of the North Western Evening Mail. After gaining experience 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
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Reading this book I could understand, for example, why we used to hear nothing at all about a crime once someone had been arrested and charged with it (and had to wait until the trial started to find out what it was all about) but, after the Norwich 'sex worker' murders recently, the TV and the press where able to continue giving us quite a lot of information about the crimes, the victims and the suspect even after he had been charged but they have now gone quiet.
This book also enables me to understand why the Daily Telegraph felt legally able to safely publish allegations against George Galloway MP based on documents said to have been found in a Baghdad ministry but then found that they had miscalculated and lost the case when he sued the paper for libel.
And it enabled me to understand why the press is happy to talk about government 'sleaze' but not about 'corruption'.
Read this book and you will have a much better understanding of what the limits are on what the press can tell us and an enhanced ability to 'read between the lines' of what does get reported.
It's a good read, but as ever, it is handicapped by its unpredictable indexing. Despite my familiarity with Essential Law, it can be a struggle to find that reference that you KNOW you read in the past, as the index doesn't seem to have been compiled by someone who approaches a topic with a working journalist's perspective.
Also it is rather handy to pull out now and again for the likes of a job interview. You should really be able to reel off the four points of defamation for example.
But don't scrimp get the latest one, and if you just want this for a read probably best wait till all this Leveson shannigans is over and we see just how The S*n really screwed us all and not really themselves !
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