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New edition of Scottish media law book published

A new edition of a book which aims to keep Scottish journalists abreast of media law has been published.

The eighth edition of Scots Law for Journalists has been edited by Rosalind McInnes, BBC Scotland’s principal solicitor, and has undergone substantial changes since the last version was published 10 years ago.

It is described as essential reading for all students attending courses in Scotland which are accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, along with editors and journalists north of the border.

Media law guru Walter Greenwood, who co-edited McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists for 30 years, has reviewed the book for the NCTJ, saying it is ‘authoritative and yet highly readable’.

He said: “It always comes as a surprise to those outside Scotland to realise how much Scots law is different in terminology, structure, statutes and interpretation.

“Some media law applies throughout the UK but Scotland has its own unique statutes and application of common law affecting journalists.

“This eighth edition further enhances the high reputation the book has always had for explaining the Scottish legal system and procedure in detail and yet for catering very efficiently for the experienced journalist as well as the student and the lawyer.”

The book is widely available to buy, including at the NCTJ’s online shop.