Media Law by Jane Kirtley

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But whether jour- [ The Responsibilities of Journalists ] Above: Was privacy a more impor tant right than freedom of the press? A cour t in Amsterdam ruled that the AP photographers violated the Dutch royal family’s privacy by distributing photos taken of them during a skiing holiday in Argentina. nalism is a profession is a hotly contested question. ” Traditionally, a profession is an occupation with formal qualifications, requiring specialized training and licensing, and subject to a regulatory body with the authority to admit and discipline members.

A successful requester may be able to obtain not only the records but attorney’s fees, as well. S. states, and in many countries, courts can impose sanctions on government agencies and employees who willfully withhold records in violation of the law. These � oil and gas well data; � records containing information that, if revealed, would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Most of these exemptions are not mandatory. Agencies may release records if they conclude that the public interest in disclosure outweighs any harm.

A courtroom is often not the best place to resolve disputes about balance, fairness, and accuracy. And there is always the risk that harsh judicial remedies, even those imposed when the underlying case involves journalistic misconduct, will inhibit the future free and open publication of controversial views. Self-regulatory mechanisms offer a valuable alternative. Ombudsmen A lso known as “readers’ representatives” or “public editors,” ombudsmen act as liaisons between a news organization’s staff and the public.

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