Media Law: Contempt and Open Justice (LAWS5151)
UNIT OF STUDY
The daily practice of journalism is affected by a range of common law principles and statutory provisions. This unit of study seeks to examine some of the most significant, practical constraints on the media. It examines in detail contempt of court, the principle of open justice and suppression orders. It considers contempt of parliament and other restrictions of the reporting of parliamentary proceedings. It also analyses the law relating to the disclosure of journalists' sources and the impact of freedom of information laws on the media. This unit of study seeks to provide not only a thorough doctrinal analysis of these areas of law but also seeks to locate them within their broader historical, international, comparative, political and policy contexts.
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2 x 2-hr seminars/week for 10 weeks
Four options: 1) 2,500wd assignment (30%) and 2 hr exam (70%); 2) 3,500wd essay (40%) and 2 hr exam (60%); 3) 2,500wd assignment (30%) and 3,500wd essay (40%) and 1hr exam (30%); or 4) 3 hr exam (100%). Subject to change.
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