Ten minutes with @journlaw – Dr Joseph Fernandez (@DrJM_Fernandez) discusses his new book

By MARK PEARSON

fernandez coverRespected colleague Dr Joseph Fernandez (head of journalism at Curtin University) has just published an impressive addition to the scholarship of journalism law.

In Media Law in Australia – Principles, Pitfalls and Potentials (Black Swan Press, 2013), Fernandez offers a comprehensive and meticulously referenced coverage of the territory – at 372 pages and something more than 275,000 words.

The book’s 12 chapters cover freedom of speech, the public interest, law making, defamation and its defences, confidentiality and secrecy, privacy, freedom of information, courts and parliament, offensive speech, copyright and regulation.

There is some refreshing new material covering the proposed media regulatory reforms in Australia and the UK.

I look forward to the opportunity to review it in greater detail for an academic journal, but meanwhile please enjoy Joseph’s reflection on the authorship process in his ‘Ten minutes with @journlaw’.

Disclaimer: While I write about media law and ethics, nothing here should be construed as legal advice. I am an academic, not a lawyer. My only advice is that you consult a lawyer before taking any legal risks.

© Mark Pearson 2013

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