Media and Law Workshop

Photos from the media workshopThe 13th annual Media and Law Workshop was held on November 16 at the Law Courts Inn in Vancouver. Co-hosted by the Law Society and the Jack Webster Foundation, and moderated by former Law Society President Anna Fung, QC, this year’s event was designed to be especially relevant to Chinese-language media outlets. Media lawyers David F. Sutherland and Harvey Delaney covered topics such as publication bans, contempt of court and defamation. Bonnie Teng, who is both a lawyer and a radio and television broadcaster, acted as a resource and language specialist for the event.

Chinese-language reporters and assignment editors from AM 1320, Fairchild Radio and Fairchild TV, Global Chinese Press, Ming Pao, Omni TV, Sing Tao and World Journal participated in the workshop. Here is a sample of their comments:

“The workshop was very helpful. We briefed the summary to our whole newsroom and had a very good discussion on the topics. Thank you very much for providing us the educational opportunity.”

“It was so nice to have the opportunity to listen to the professionals’ views. I host a Mandarin radio phone-in show and my show will share some knowledge and information of law with our listeners.”

“The speakers provided me with a lot of information regarding libel and slander. I’d like to thank the Law Society of BC (and the Jack Webster Foundation) for organizing such a meaningful workshop for Chinese media. I hope a similar workshop can take place in the near future.”

The workshop is an important opportunity for the Law Society to pursue its strategic goal of educating the public about the law and the legal profession by encouraging fair and accurate reporting on these topics. The next workshop is being organized for the late spring of 2010. Visit the Law Society website for updates.

Thanks to Vancouver law firm Fasken Martineau LLP for donating 25 Chinese-English legal dictionaries to the Media and Law Workshop. The author of the dictionary, H.C. Miu, has been a practising barrister in Hong Kong since 1963. At the age of 89, he undertook the task of producing a concise English-Chinese law dictionary for all to use. His son, K.C. Miu, is an associate at Fasken Martineau, and attended the workshop as an honoured guest.