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International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-88540-6
496 pages
May 2010
International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, 2nd Edition (0470885408) cover image
Publishers, journalists, and authors can be sued for violating legal standards thousands of miles away from where they work. This book, written primarily for journalists and editors, but of use to their lawyers, explains risks publishers should understand prior to publication, steps to take to avoid legal conflicts, and available defenses in the event of a claim. This new second edition of International Libel and Privacy Handbook is an updated nation-by-nation summary of libel and privacy law written by local practitioners in an easy-to-use reference format covering Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Glasser's second edition includes new chapters on emerging media markets such as the Middle East and Malaysia, as well as thorough legal updates on all major media nations.

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Foreword (Matthew Winkler).


Preface: Understanding Media Law in the Global Context.

About the Editor.

About the Contributors.

Introduction: How to Use This Book.


1 Brazil (Laura Fragomeni and Paula Mena Barreto, Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão; Eduardo de Moraes, Evaristo de Moraes).

2 Canada (Brian MacLeod Rogers).

3 United States (Thomas H. Golden and Stephen B. Vogel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP).


4 Australia (Peter Bartlett, Minter Ellison).

5 China (Vincent Wang and Edward J. Davis with Monica Pa, Davis, Wright Tremaine LLP).

6 Hong Kong (Edward J. Davis, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP with Doreen Weisenhaus and Rick Glofcheski, University of Hong Kong).

7 India (Janmejay Rai, Phillip Ninan, and Jayne Kuriakose, Kochhar & Co.).

8 Japan (Yoshio Iteya, Tomoya Fujimoto, and Akira Marumo, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto).

9 Korea (D. S. Choi, Christina Lee, and J. H. Kim, Kim & Chang).

10 Malaysia (H. R. Dipendra, Tengku Hishamudin Ram Dipendra).

11 The Middle East (Charles J. Glasser Jr., Bloomberg News with Ava Macalpin, Princeton University).

12 Singapore (Tay Peng Cheng, Wong Partnership LLP).

13 Thailand (Sinfah Tunsarawuth, Attorney at Law).


14 Belgium (Steven De Schrijver, Van Bael & Bellis).

15 England and Wales (Mark Stephens, Finer Stephens Innocent).

16 France (Dominique Mondoloni, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP).

17 Germany (Jan Hegemann and Slade R. Metcalf, Hogan & Hartson LLP).

18 Italy (Iacopo Destry and Marco Consonni, Dewey LeBoeuf LLP).

19 Netherlands (Jens P. van den Brink, Kennedy Van der Laan).

20 Poland (Charles J. Glasser Jr., Bloomberg News).

21 Russian Federation (Nellie Alexandrova, Anna Otkina, Ekaterina Petrova, and Anton Pushin, Denton Wilde Sapte).

22 Spain (Almudena Arpón de Mendívil, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo).

23 Switzerland (Rolf Auf der Maur, VISCHER).


I. Special Issues for Book Publishers (Slade R. Metcalf, Hogan & Hartson LLP).

II. Shooting Stars: Privacy Claims in the UK (Amber Melville-Brown, David Price Solicitors & Advocates).

III. Cross-Reference Chart (Charles J. Glasser Jr., Bloomberg News).

IV. Recommended Reading.


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Charles J. Glasser Jr. is global media counsel to Bloomberg News. Before joining Bloomberg, he represented a wide range of broadcasters, magazines, and newspaper publishers. He has litigated many of the issues covered in this book.
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"A clear understanding of the laws of this country and the rest of the world is essential if the news media and book publishers are to act as public watchdogs. Charles Glasser's book is a wonderful resource—both clearly written and concise."
Christopher Finan
President, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

"With a section devoted to overarching issues of global interest, including special issues affecting book publishers, theInternational Libel and Privacy Handbook is an invaluable resource for editors and in-house counsel and belongs on the reference shelf of every publishing house."
Judith Platt
Director, Freedom to Read, Association of American Publishers

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