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Everyday Media Law – a course covering court reporting, Twitter spats and reporting violence against women

*Course date Tuesday 27 March – email joanm@nuj.org.uk to attend.

Media law can be a minefield for the uninitiated – from reporting court cases to Twitter spats escalating into acrimonious and vicious personal attacks.

Reporting violence against women can be particularly problematic and it can be a fine balancing act between reporting matters sensitively and remaining within the law.

That’s why the media can be ultra-cautious in how they report cases when criminal proceedings are live.  Under Scots law, everyone is presumed innocent until convicted so they are only accused of offences and they have to be reported as allegations until there is a conviction. Continue reading

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