Companion website for
COMPARATIVE MEDIA LAW & ETHICS
by TIM CROOK
Published by Routledge on 15th December 2009
For details of the book, please visit Routledge.
Author's profile at Goldsmiths, University of London
The companion site to Comparative Media Law & Ethics provides a range of resources that are in addition to the text published within the book. Media Law in the UK and USA develops and changes with breathtaking speed and complexity. Indeed it can be said that the authors and publishers for standard media law textbooks for these countries are truly heroic in keeping up-to-date and finding ways to explain the developments to students of media communication and professionals alike.
The site is based on the contents of the book and is also arranged according to the headings and sub-headings within chapters. Back-up resources include additional tables of summarized knowledge and learning, internet links, mock trial and moot court exercises where it is suggested students can undertake the role of adversarial attorney/barrister/advocates for various sides and battle out case issues before panels of judges and juries of fellow students, podcast resources in sound and video, guides for journalists on how to frame their reasons for challenging censorship and legal restrictions imposed on them, and a form of ‘blogging’ by the book’s author on media law and ethics developments.
There will also be an expansion of the comparative media law and ethics resources through references to the jurisdictions covered in the book as well as the jurisdictions of other countries.
Comparative Media Law & Ethics podcasts by Tim Crook
Tim Crook Periodical bulletins analysing media law issues
Chapter 1 Primary Media Law of the UK and USA
Chapter 2 Media Jurisprudence, Media Ethicology and Media Ethicism
Chapter 3 Defamation Law
Chapter 4 Contempt/Protecting Fair Trial Law
Chapter 5 Privacy Law
Chapter 6 Media Regulation
Chapter 7 State and National Security Law
Chapter 8 Comparative Media Law and Ethics: Four Genres of Jurisdictions
Chapter 9 The Legal Problematizing of Journalism
Chapter 10 Human Rights and International Law for Journalists
Chapter 11 Racial and Religious Hatred
Chapter 12 Copyright and Intellectual Property Law
Chapter 13 Freedom of Information Legislation
Tim Crook Biography
Stop Press: Updates on cases and issues cited in the first edition of Comparative Media Law & Ethics.
Watch a short slideshow of what the book is about (requires Windows Media Player).
Written evidence from Tim Crook to the UK House of Commons Select
Committee on Culture, Media & Sport in their enquiry into press standards,
libel and privacy. September 2009.
Tim Crook’s article in the Daily Telegraph 28th January 2010 on Public Interest/Private Lives.
Crook interviewed by South African journalist on plans for new media
law restrictions 10th August 2010.
for Global Times on British phone-hacking scandal in 2011 otherwise
known as 'Hackgate.'
Tim Crook providing live analysis
in 2011 for BBC World Service Television on the developments in the
case against the former head of the World Bank Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Media Lawyer, March 2010: "Mr Crook, who is
senior lecturer in Media Law and Ethics and Head of Radio at Goldsmiths
College, University of London, a visiting instructor on media law to
the BBC, and has had a long and distinguished career as a working journalist,
has produced an interesting, challenging and thought-provoking work
covering a wide area and interweaving law, journalism, ethics and philosophy,
and the ways in which they interact in different parts of the world.
The book is suitable for undergraduates reaching the upper reaches of
their degrees, and postgraduate students, as well as media professionals
who work, or wish to work, internationally."
Global and Comparative Media 2010: 'Comparative Media
Law & Ethics is an impressive volume that is designed to provide both
practical and theoretical resources on media law and ethics for the
United Kingdom and the U.S., while also referencing other countries
including France, Japan, India, China, and Saudi Arabia... Throughout,
media law and regulation is evaluated in terms of its social and cultural
context.' Professor Chris Sterling.
Communications Lawyer September 2010: 'Comparative
Media Law and Ethics, by University of London professor Tim Crook, is
a timely contribution to the growing comparative literature on communication
law... one of the few of its kind... It covers the Internet and its
novel issues and also the ongoing “libel tourism” debate in England.
He highlights how England parallels and at the same time diverges from
the United States in contempt of court, defamation, and privacy. Equally
important to the comparison of U.K. and U.S. law are how government
and corporate institutions control journalistic sources and who defines
the concept of “public interest” in news reporting. Crook discusses
“neutral reportage” as a libel defense in U.S. and U.K. law in more
detail than many other media law authors... His case study of reporting
on secrets and source protection is compelling...From a research standpoint,
the book is a good resource. It is judiciously documented, and its glossary
and bibliography are comprehensive...Crook’s work will stimulate their
interest in comparative media law and showcase how they can better appreciate
their own laws by learning about foreign laws.' Kyu Ho Youm, The
Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair professor at the University
of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.
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The content of this companion website only amounts to educational material and does not constitute legal advice to any general, specific or particular situation. Nor does reading anything on this site constitute any form of legal contract for legal service between the author and reader. Should you be facing any legal action for media publication, you should seek immediate qualified legal advice in your relevant legal jurisdiction.
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