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LAWS3451: Media Law: Contempt and Open Justice

2023 unit information

The daily practice of journalism is affected by a range of common law principles and statutory provisions This unit of study seeks to examine some of the most significant practical constraints on the media It examines in detail contempt of court the principle of open justice and suppression orders It considers contempt of parliament and other restrictions of the reporting of parliamentary proceedings It also analyses the law relating to the disclosure of journalists sources and the impact of freedom of information laws on the media This unit of study seeks to provide not only a thorough doctrinal analysis of these areas of law but also seeks to locate them within their broader historical international comparative political and policy contexts

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS3451
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of how the law, through legislation and case law, regulates the media in your collection and publication of material
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of “free speech” in this context, how the law protects it and balances it with competing public interests
  • LO3. further develop your skills in critical analysis and application of the law, and your abilities to carry out independent research, engage in oral and written argument and discussion and write clearly.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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