Possible dissertation subjects- Journalism and the law

Considering possible subjects for my dissertation my first thought is about the affect of the law on journalism.

One thing I read when I first thought of this was an online blog detailing seven laws every journalist needs to know covering subjects from database rights to hate speech.

This blog covered such subjects like using Creative Commons and Open Government Licence among other options available to the media.

In McNae’s Essential law for journalists 60th anniversary 22nd edition introduction, it claims that The UK media enjoy freedoms which are the envy of journalists in oppressed societies.

It then goes on to say that, Nevertheless, the UK has more laws affecting journalism than is the case in some other democracies, and so a sound, thorough knowledge of legal matters is especially important for UK journalists.

When considering if the UK has a truly ‘free press’ which is not governed by too many laws affecting journalism an interesting question could be, How to define what is a truly free press and what influence could it have on politics, business or governmental?

With the increasing amount of laws affecting journalism, especially since the Lord Justice Leveson inquiry, but with other undeniable freedoms, what influence does the press have in the UK currently?

Considering such a subject would include researching Custom LawPrecedent Law and Statute Law and breaking down the differences between the various courts in the English legal system.

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