Newsgathering: Law, Regulation and the Public Interest

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-07-26
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Gavin Millar QC, Barrister and Deputy Head at Doughty Street Chambers,Andrew Scott, Senior Lecturer in Law at the London School of Economics

Gavin Millar QC is Deputy Head of Doughty Street Chambers, a set specialising in human rights law. He became a Queens Counsel in 2000 and was named Chambers & Partners Privacy/Defamation Silk of the Year in 2012.

Gavin has a wide-ranging media practice covering defamation, privacy, confidentiality, contempt and reporting restriction cases. Much of his media work involves asserting his client's right to free speech. He also sits on the Board of the Centre for Investigative Journalism at City University of London and is a Council of Europe and OSCE expert on freedom of expression. Gavin's publications include being a co-author (with Justice Andrew Nicol QC and Andrew Sharland) of Media Law and Human Rights (OUP, 2009).

Dr Andrew Scott is a senior lecturer in law at the London School of Economics. He is also Assistant Director of the Executive LLM. Andrew's research interests focus on media law and regulation, constitutional law and competition law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Journalism, the Public Interest, and the Law (Regulating the Fourth Estate)
Part One: Sources and Journalistic Materials
2. The Protection of Sources: General Principles
3. Powers to Compel Source Identity and Other Information Disclosure
4. Other Powers to Access Information Held by Journalists
5. Legal Risks for Sources
6. Payment of Sources
7. Conflicts of Interest
Part Two: Access to Public Information
8. Open Government: General Principles
9. Freedom of Information
10. Access to the Courts and Other Forums
11. Reporting on Public Protest and Events
12. Reporting on Conflict
Part Three: Regulation of Intrusive Newsgathering
13. Intrusive Journalism: General Principles
14. Harassment and Related Wrongs
15. Misrepresentation of Purposes and Entrapment
16. Illicit Information Gathering
Part Four: Influence of Libel and Privacy Laws on Newsgathering Behaviour
17. Libel and Newsgathering Practice
18. Privacy and Newsgathering Practice
19. Conclusion: The Future of Newsgathering Regulation

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