What are defences to breach of confidence?
-legal compulsion: order by court to disclose info
What is the Privacy law in Australia?
- no common law right to privacy in Australia
-privacy related cases left up to decide if the public interest outweighed maintaining the claimants privacy
-Privacy act 1988- mainly to protect info held by governments and large corperations, mainly to protect consumers from having their personal details released
What are some privacy related laws?
-breach of confidence
-obscenity and indecency laws
surveillance and listening devices legislation
What is the Surveillance and listening device legislation?
-under the commonwealth it is an offence to intercept communications passing over a 'telecommunications system' without the knowledge of the person making the communications
-it is also an offence to use publish or retain a record of info gained this way
who are the ethical regulators?
APC- australian press council
MEAA-Media, entertainment and arts alliance
ACMA- australian communication and media authority
What does the APC do?
-the Australian Press council is the main body responsible to recieving and handling complaints in Australian newspapers, magazines and other associated digital media outlets
-Responsible for promoting good standards of media prctice, community access to info of public interest, freedom of expression through media.
WHat is the Australian council and media authority
The government body responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, the internet, radio communicaions and telecommunications
What are ethics?
a set of rules, principles, values, virtues of character that inform and guide interpersonal conduct, that is the conduct in which a person treats others and themselves
What causes ethics to vary?
What are the three regulatory environments in Australia?
-semi regulated/co-regulated environment
-absolute government regulation
What is self regulation?
when the state hands power to the industry which enacts its own standards of behaviour through the creation and maintenence of codes of conduct, ethics, standards and principles.
What is semi regulated /co regulated environment?
Government and Industry work together and draft rules that determine the ethical and regulatory framework in which the industry will operate?
What is absolute government regulation?
Government prescribes the rules in legislation which are overseen by a statutory authority (eg a minister)
How is Journalism Regulated In Australia?
-co regulatory from of self-regulation where codes are enacted by industry bodies, supplimented by legislation
journalism is an open profession meaning no license needed, journos accept obligations that come with it by belonging to regulatory bodies
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