It is the underlying assumption in Britain that broadcasters are free to do what they want — apart from constraints under the law. Thus broadcasters may be sued for defamation, may commit contempt of court, can incur penalties under the Official Secrets Act. Broadcasters and journalists have no additional legal rights to those of members of the public; they do enjoy certain custom and practice privileges, in Parliament, in local authority meetings, in the courts.
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