Human Rights 
and Press Law

Authored by: Julian Petley

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138665545
eBook ISBN: 9781315619835
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In this chapter I wish to examine the impact which the European Convention on Human Rights has had on laws which have a significant bearing on media, and especially press, content. My aim is to show how the Convention, and, in the UK the Human Rights Act 1998, have helped to protect responsible journalism whilst at the same time restraining intrusion and privacy invasion by sections of the press. In the course of this process, laws – and national courts’ interpretations of those laws – which have proved particularly burdensome for serious journalism have been successfully challenged, and legislatures have been made forcefully aware of the fact that any new laws which they pass must be compatible with the Convention, not least its requirement that freedom of expression be protected.

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