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Law and the Media, 4th Edition by Estelle Overs, Tom Cassels, Tom Crone

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Introduction

An understanding of the law is essential for anyone working in the media, whether as a journalist, editor or producer. Media lawyers must be aware of the legal principles that relate specifically to journalism and the broadcast media. It is virtually impossible to present the daily news without reference to events in the law courts or the rules of legal procedure, or to produce a television or radio programme without consideration of the laws of libel and copyright.

The law is not simply a series of rules arrived at indiscriminately. It is a sophisticated and complex system of rules and regulations devised over many years to meet certain social needs and to administer the relationships between individuals, and between individuals ...

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