Burrows and Cheer Media Law in New Zealand, 8th edition

A must-have text for students of media law, lawyers, journalists and other media professionals

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Release Date: February 23, 2021
ISBN/ISSN: 9781988546117

Product description

In this edition, the author has comprehensively updated the text to reflect the rapid changes in law particularly with regards to defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, contempt and court reporting, official information, and media complaints bodies.

Significant cases have been covered since the previous edition, including: the Durie case in defamation where the courts have recognised a new defence of responsible communication on a matter of public interest; the Wall v Fairfax decision – the first from the courts on the interpretation of our hate speech provisions in the Human Rights Act; and the fallout from the search and seizure carried out on Nicky Hager’s property which significantly impacted on the law relating to privacy and search and seizure of media generally.

This authoritative text provides definitive coverage of the topic of media law: it is a must-have text for students of media law, lawyers, journalists and other media professionals.


• Definitive coverage of media law
• Clear and straightforward, written without legal jargon to be accessible to legal professionals and the layperson.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Penalties and remedies

Chapter 2: Defamation

Chapter 3: Defences to a defamation action

Chapter 4: Copyright

Chapter 5: Breach of confidence

Chapter 6: Privacy

Chapter 7: Other civil liabilities

Chapter 8: Reporting court proceedings

Chapter 9: Contempt of court

Chapter 10: Criminal offences

Chapter 11: Reporting Parliament and local authorities

Chapter 12: Freedom of information

Chapter 13: Investigation and interview

Chapter 14: Complaints

Chapter 15: Regulation of advertising in New Zealand

Chapter 16: The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990