Media Law

Law 269






This course is essentially an advanced torts and constitutional law class that focuses the wide range of legal and policy issues relating to communications media, including newspapers, broadcast media, cable and the Internet. We will address the core concepts of freedom of expression and their application to a variety of news gathering and publication contexts. After discussing the role of the press as the "Fourth Estate," we will cover topics such as defamation law, invasions of privacy, access to government information and judicial proceedings, the regulation of broadcast and online media, the reporter's privilege, and restrictions on the disclosure of national security information. Throughout the course we will pay particular attention to the applicability of current legal doctrine to speech on the Internet.

Mandatory: None

Recommended: First Amendment

M. Papandrea

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