Media law

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
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
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Until the end of the sanitary emergency the course will be subject to the following changes, except for different indications of which will be given timely notice.

Teaching methods:
The lessons will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform and, at the same time, they will be recorded and left available to students on the same platform. Therefore, it will be possible for students to follow them both synchronously and asynchronously. For every lesson additional materials (slides, case law and doctrinal material), useful for a better understanding of the topics, will be available on the Ariel platform. During the lessons, students may be asked to engage in some interactive activities (e.g., answer short questions, both multiple-choice and free-choice, or identify possible solutions to problematic cases), activities that can be carried out both by students who follow in synchronous mode and by those who prefer to attend asynchronously.

Syllabus and Bibliography:
The program and the reference material will not be changed.

Assessment methods and criteria:
The exam will take place in oral form, using the Microsoft Teams platform. Until the end of the emergency phase, the written test for attending students will not take place, and it will be replaced by an oral interview, to be held on the Microsoft Teams platform. If, by the end of the course, the health emergency will come to an end, the written test for the attending students could be reinstated. If this is the case, students will be promptly informed during the lessons and on the Ariel website of the course.

The exam will be aimed at:
- verify the knowledge of the legislative discipline and of the case law discussed in class;
- verify the ability to apply the notions acquired in solving specific problems;
- verify the ability to present in a clear and orderly manner, and the competence in the use of an adequate vocabulary.
Course syllabus
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.
Teaching methods
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.
Teaching Resources
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 20 - 30 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.
IUS/08 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Cuniberti Marco