The Journalist's Legal Guide. Rev. ed.


323 pages
Contains Index
ISBN 0-459-33867-6
DDC 343.7109'98





Reviewed by Ross Willmot

Ross Willmot is Executive Director of the Ontario Association for
Continuing Education.


Every Canadian interested in or involved with the rights and
responsibilities of our journalists should have easy access to the
second edition of this useful book. The many readable subject areas
include explanatory legal footnotes and case-law citations. Checklists
at the end of most chapters provide the reader with a concise reminder
of key points in each area of law. Separate chapters deal with freedom
of the press; defamation; confidentiality of news sources; avoiding
legal risks in investigative reporting; invasion of privacy; contempt;
publication bans and restraining orders; gaining access to public
hearings, meetings, and court documents; understanding police powers and
limits; court orders (including search warrants, injunctions, and
subpoenas); confidential information; official secrets; copyrights;
reporting on elections and political broadcasts; access to public
information; and miscellaneous laws. Appendixes also describe the legal
system, court procedure, and some of the major branches of law. A
glossary of legal terms helps relieve any obfuscation created by the use
of “legalese.”


Crawford, Michael G., “The Journalist's Legal Guide. Rev. ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 29, 2024,