The student shall acquire: - the knowledge of the main legal issues of the freedom of expression and information and of the media system; - the capacity to employ the fundamental principles of the information law to the solution of specific case law, with particular reference to the new challenges of the technological evolution of the sector, and the ability to make sound and coherent judgments on the course's subjects, with particular reference to the impact of communication technologies on the fundamental freedoms; - the capacity to express notions and opinions correctly, using the appropriate terminology; - the ability to analyze specific topics in the field of information and media law, to find and study autonomously both legal and jurisprudence materials and the most relevant scientific texts.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have a good knowledge of the main legal issues of the freedom of expression and information and of the media system, and will be able to deal with the challenges of the technological evolution of the sector
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Freedom of expression. Press law. Public decency protection. Hate speech and crimes against the State and the public order. Reputation of the individual and freedom of the press. Freedom of satire. Information and justice. Privacy. Data protection. Editor and Publisher's accountability. The right to be forgotten in the internet. The professional order of the Journalists. The protection of sources. Broadcasting and constitutional principles. Public broadcasting service. Political communication. Advertising.
Prerequisites for admission
A good knowledge of the fundamental principles of constitutional law and private law is requested.
The course will be taught in 42 hours. Particular attention will be paid on the analysis and comments of the case law, also with the active contribution of attending students. Class attendance, even not mandatory, is highly recommended.
G. E. Vigevani, O. Pollicino, C. Melzi d'Eril, M. Cuniberti, M. Bassini, Diritto dell'informazione e dei media, Giappichelli, Torino, 2019.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be oral (about 25 min.) and it will be aimed to test the knowledge and the judgment capacities of the student. Students attending class can choose to take a written test at the end of the course. More information will be given by the professor during classes and on the website of the course. Evaluation criteria are: a) knowledge of the relevant statutes and precedents; b) capacity to employ the acquired knowledge to the solution of specific case law; c) ability to express notions and opinions correctly, using the appropriate terminology.