Semester 1, 2018

Comprehensive Media Law Notes (LAW4316)

81 pages

30,689 words




These notes are a comprehensive and concise compilation of the Media Law 1 course as of Semester 1 2018, used in the mid-semester test and exam. They are a compilation and distillation of all lectures, textbook readings and additional case reading, presented in exam-style structures for answering problem questions with ease. They also include additional policy points throughout for gaining an edge over other students in answering exam and test questions.

Topic 1 Part 1: The Media and Open Justice (the principle of open justice; common law exceptions to open justice; statutory exceptions to open justice; using electronic devices to collect and disseminate information about proceedings; access to court documents)
Topic 1 Part 2: Contempt of Court (sub judice contempt; contempt by jurors; scandalising the court)
Topic 1 Part 3: Identifying Jurors and Revealing Jurors' Deliberations
Topic 1 Part 4: Journalists and their Sources (pre-trial discovery to identify a wrongdoer; common law position)
Topic 2: The Media and parliament (privilege of free speech; contempt of parliament; broadcasting parliamentary proceedings)
Topic 3: Reporting Elections (election requirements; identification and recording of political matter)
Topic 4 Part 1: Obscenity, Indecency and Classification (obscenity at common law; classification scheme)
Topic 4 Part 2: Blasphemy and Religious Vilification (blasphemy; Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (Vic))
Topic 4 Part 3: Racial Vilification (Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (Vic); Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth))
Topic 5: The Media, National Security and Law Enforcement (the telecommunications data retention scheme; special intelligence operations - unauthorised disclosure of information)