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ISBN: 9780195559132

Published: 19 Jan 10

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Media Law

Cases & Commentary

David Rolph, Matt Vitins, Judith Bannister

Media Law is an engaging and accessible text that covers all of the core areas of this dynamic area of law. Incorporating succinct and relevant extracts from key cases and legislation, the book addresses the challenging questions raised by media law, including:

What is meant by the term ‘the media’?

To what extent is it possible to talk about ‘the media’ as a homogenous entity?

What forms of media currently exist in Australia and around the world; what forms are likely to emerge; and what forms of regulation are appropriate?

Well-balanced primary and secondary materials are linked with strong author commentary to encourage students to engage with the puzzles and problems of media law.

Review questions and case studies throughout the chapters draw out concepts in the extracted source materials and encourage deeper discussion.

Critical perspectives from a number of academic disciplines provide readers with a number of conceptual frameworks through which Australian media law can be understood and interpreted.

Part 1: Introduction

1. What is the Media?

2. Freedom of the Press


Part 2: Media Regulation

3. Classification and Content Regulation

4. Media Ownership

5. Spectrum Management and Digital Broadcasting


Part 3: Defamation and Protecting Reputation

6. Liability for Defamation

7. Defences to Defamation

8. Remedies for Defamation

9. Injurious Falsehood, Negligence and Misleading or Deceptive Conduct


Part 4: Open Justice and Contempt

10 The Principle of Open Justice

11. Contempt of Court


Part 5: Privacy

12. Privacy

13. Breach of Confidence

14. Information Privacy


Part 6: Offensive Publications

15. Offensive Publications


Part 7: Freedom of Information

16. Freedom of Information


David Rolph Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney

Matt Vitins Lawyer, Communications, Media and Technology Group, Allens Arthur Robinson

Judith Bannister Senior Lecturer, Law School, University of Adelaide

David Rolph is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. Matt Vitins is a Lawyer in the Communications, Media and Technology Group at Allens Arthur Robinson. Judith Bannister is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Adelaide.