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Comparative Media Law (LAW-619D-001)
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This course focuses on how different countries protect (or don’t protect) freedom of the press. Materials include law review articles, newspaper articles, films and cases. The class will study the framework employed by the legal system of various countries for deciding press freedom cases. Topics to be covered include a comparison of constitutional provisions, protection of national security, privacy rights, a journalist’s privilege (or lack of privilege) not to reveal confidential sources, defamation, and others. Twenty percent of the grade is based on class participation and eighty percent is based on a research paper of 20 double-spaced pages. Guest speakers from other countries will make brief presentations on the status of government/press relations in their home countries.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Marc A. Franklin, Mass Media Law Cases and Materials, 8th ed. (Foundation Press, 2011) (ISBN 1599418592); Comparative Media Law Supplement (available in Room 465 of WCL, Handout Sales Room)
First Class Readings
Case Book p. 2-16; Constitutional provisions (Supplement); Claudio Grossman, “Challenges to Freedom of Expression within the Inter-American System: A Jurisprudential Analysis”, Human Rights Quarterly (2011) (in Supplement)
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