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1. What makes it illegal to publish a photograph taken in court?

  • Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1926
  • Section 87 of the Criminal Justice Act 1996
  • Section 51 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Section 46 of the Criminal Justice Act 1959
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2. What law restricts magistrates reportings?

  • Section 52A of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Section 50A of the Crime and Disorder Act 1988
  • Section 8 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1988
  • Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1905

3. A police press conference issue a statement that would be contempt of court. Why can you publish it?

  • The defence of honest opinion means that you can publish this as the police officer's opinions
  • There is no defence in law but the Attorney General said media have nothing to fear from publishing in reasoned terms a police appeal for help. No media has ever been prosecuted in these circumstances.
  • The defence of public interest covers you. No media has ever been prosecuted in these circumstances.
  • There is no defence in law but the Attorney General said media have nothing to fear as long as they only publish a small part of the words.

4. What does CCA 1981 strict liability rule say?

  • you must not publish anything which could cause a judge to be angry
  • you must not publish anything that is not essential to the case
  • you must not publish anything which could cause substantial risk of serious prejudice or impediment to particular proceedings.
  • you must not publish anything which could cause substantial risk of a defendant being identified by the public.

5. What can you publish when writing a book review?

  • Up to 5% extracts, with correct acknowledgment.
  • Nothing at all from the book.
  • Up to 20% extracts, with correct acknowledgment.
  • The front cover photo, with correct acknowledgment.

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