Law conference relaunched by Press Gazette

Press Gazette and the Newspaper Society have relaunched their media law conference in a bid to help journalists find their way through the increasingly complex media law maze.

Media Law 07 — previously called Law for Journalists — is now in its fifth year and will be held at Reuters' Canary Wharf offices on 17 May.

A spokesman for the organisers said: "Faced by new threats of imprisonment for investigation, injunction for privacy invasion, deprivation of Freedom of Information rights and restrictions on court reporting, the media might well feel the path to publication is growing more perilous and ill-defined than most can remember.

"This is a rare opportunity to hear and question the leading legal and political voices in the land and gain their practical advice on dealing with the most problematic legal issues facing the media."

Many of the country's leading media lawyers have agreed to speaking at the conference, including: Desmond Browne QC on libel, Andrew Caldecott QC on privacy and Andrew Nicol QC on contempt and court reporting.

Siobhain Butterworth, readers' editor, Guardian News and Media, will talk about internet issues, liability, risk and response.

Alastair Brett, legal manager, Times Media, will chair a lively question, answer and discussion session.

As key note speaker opening the afternoon, deputy Information Commissioner David Smith, has chosen to confront head-on the question "Information Commissioner — Media Friend or Media Foe?" in his discussion of Data Protection, Freedom of Information and the media.

Maurice Frankel, director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, will share his expertise on how the media can make best use of the Freedom of Information rights available.

lFor more details about the conference call 0207 549 8719.

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