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