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The Guardian's Media coverage, with separate
sections on newspaper, digital media, radio and television, is the sharpest
to pick up on media law issues and its media law section follows up
well with analysis and debate.
The Press Gazette is strong on its day-to-day
coverage of libel and contempt issues in the courts thanks to its partnership
with the Press Associations media law service but you do have to trawl
through general news to find it.
The Telegraph's media law coverage dipped
after they decided to do without a designated legal correspondent but
it's worth the journalism student clicking on MPs
expenses scandal see how a newspaper
handles a major investigation dripping with legal issues.
Spasmodic in its legal coverage but determined
in its use of the Freedom of Information Act.
Joshua Rozenberg, the BBC's legal correspondent
for 15 years and billed on his website
as Britain's best-known commentator on the
law, sees the emergence of these blogs as a response to the decline in
more specialist legal coverage by national newspapers like The Telegraph,
which no longer has a designated legal correspondent and The Times, whose
legal coverage is no longer freely available since its introduction this
year of an online pay wall.
This site is really sharp.
- it has a format for reporting libel, privacy,
courts, data protection and sports law cases which seems tailor-made
for media law study student - a headline summary of the issues involved,
facts of the case, judgement, comment on the judgment - all wrapped
up in four to five hundred words. And if you want more you can download
the judgement in full.
A one-off, must-read campaigning blog.
value - trawl down the
blog to "The Appeal of Paul Chambers", a brilliant chronology
of a case which brings to real life all the rules governing arrest,
police questioning, the Crown Prosecution Service, court hearings,
changes of plea, appeals to a higher court.
Website of the International Forum for
Responsible Media set up to debate issues of media responsibility
and calling for a proper balance between the media's freedom of expression
and the rights of the individual to privacy and reputation.
value - its case-law analyses
of privacy and injunctions issues are carried on our privacy page.
The Supreme Court is the UK's highest
court; its judgments bind lower courts and thus shape the development
of English Law.
- commentary on the Supreme Court and
its judgments.You can browse case previews (upcoming hearings), new
judgments and analysis of recent judgments.
Human Rights Blog
Provides a comprehensive and balanced
legal update service on human rights and aims to present both sides
of the argument on issues which are often highly controversial.
- a list of the articles of the European
Convention on Human Rights. You can click on the article itself for
a description and analysis, or click the “posts” link
after each article to see posts on the blog relating to that article.Really
and Irish Legal Information Institute
Most UK legal bloggs rely on BAILII as their source for current judgments
and are able to provide their readers with links to the transcripts
of the judgments. www.bailii.org is considered to be an important
factor in the growth of legal bloggs. BAILII is a charity and requires
continued support if it is to continue as a valuable source of primary
information, says its executive director Joe Ury
College of Journalism
A class act - especially stimulating and informative for students and
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