Judith Townend’s doctoral research at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, City University London, examines how English defamation and privacy law affect media publication processes.

My research focuses on legal restraints on the media, in particular, the pre-publication process; the interaction between media organisations and privacy/defamation law; and notions of self-censorship and the ‘chilling effect’. Research interests include: injunctions, defamation/privacy law, legal data, open justice, online publishing and blogging, media ethics and accountability.  I can be found on here.


Conference presentations


  • Lecturer in department of journalism at City University London (2013-14)
  • Visiting lecturer, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster / Faculty of Laws, University College London
  • Guest talks at Northampton University; Kingston University London; Coventry University; University of Lincoln; Southwestern Law School (UCL)
  • Social media and community journalism seminars, MA Interactive Journalism, City University London

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