Media release: Scots law for journalists – training places available


NUJ Scotland has a limited number of places available on our ‘Scots law for journalists’ course running in Glasgow on Friday 22nd February 2019.

This course is being funded by Scottish Union Learning and the Scottish Government; therefore, at no cost to NUJ members.

The course covers:

Law and the ‘crisis of journalism’: Rights and duties, why restrictions and privileges apply; sources of law: legislation, case law, Westminster, Holyrood, European Commission, European Court of Human Rights; civil and criminal law.

Defamation and the ‘chilling effect’: Defamation; defences; privilege in Parliaments, courts and local government; limited privilege for news reporting; cyberspace – not the hiding place you think; the web, Twitter and other social media; Section 1 – the ‘live’ defence protecting online posts.

Using and abusing copyright: Outline of copyright; How to protect your copyright; how to use material without permission; navigating cyberspace (More detailed practical advice is given in The Effective Freelance and the Copyright & Commissioning courses: go to for more information.)

What’s public…:  Access to meetings and information; Freedom of Information Acts (plural); using them in practice.

What’s private: Confidentiality and misuse of private information; The Data Protection Act; Human Rights Act

…and what now?: The Leveson Report – what it says…; What it means; What will be enacted?

Police and courts: Reporting of police investigations, arrest, charging, trial; courts and procedure; what may be reported at each stage; contempt of court; defences to prosecutions for contempt.

Special restrictions and tribunals: Identification of children: children’s hearings; coverage of rape and sexual offences; Special courts: fatal accident inquiries, employment tribunals; how an on-line petition helped elect a President; how Twitter toppled a dictator; how Facebook changed the law; how social media can help your union or organisation.

Anyone wishing to book a place should contact

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