Law on Mass Media 2018

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Law on Mass Media marichulambino
Objectives: After completing the course, students should be able to:
1.Explain basic concepts of constitutional law, crime and punishment, civil damage and injury, the concept of jurisdiction, the structure of the judiciary, the jurisdiction of each court, and the different kinds of actions: criminal and civil procedure, special civil actions
2.Assess the background, basis, and scope of the right to freedom of expression; the constitutional requisites of media ownership and management; the law and jurisprudence on the rights and privileges of media workers including: a.the right to freedom of information, b.the right not to be forced to disclose the source, c.the right to freedom from prior restraint, d.rights as media workers, e.intellectual property rights as content- creators
3.Analyze and explain the laws that limit freedom of expression including: libel, the Cybercrime Prevention Act, the individual’s right to privacy based on civil law and criminal law, the Anti-Voyeurism Act, the law on obscenity, laws on public order, the right of the accused to a fair trial and against prejudicial publicity
1.Right to freedom of information
2.Shield Law
(3.Right to freedom from prior restraint c/o the handling faculty)
4. Rights as media workers
5, Intellectual property rights as content- creators
Limits to rights
6.Libel, RPC
7.Online libel
8.Right to privacy (FB case)
9.Right to privacy: Anti-Voyeurism Act
10.Law on Obscenity
11.Laws on “Public Order”: inciting to rebellion, etc.
12. Right of the accused to a fair trial
INTRODUCTION to the course (get lecture notes from the department: 1.Introduction to the course 2.Structure of the judiciary. Lecture notes cannot be reproduced without the author’s permission)
I. Concepts of Law
A.The Constitution.
B. Statutes. ( examples: the Revised Penal Code; Civil Code; special laws)
C. Decisions of the Supreme Court (examples of different kinds of actions as background: criminal actions, civil cases, special civil actions: injunction cases: petition for certiorari and mandamus, petition for certiorari and prohibition, etc.)
II. How the Judicial Machinery Works
A.The Courts:
Concept of jurisdiction.
Structure of the Judiciary
Jurisdiction of each court: Metropolitan Trial Court, Regional Trial Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court.
B. Quasi-Judicial Bodies

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Time-bound (deadline 12 midnight Feb. 23, 2018) and

Topic-bound (should be related to class topics in the course Law on Mass Media as follows) :

1.the Constitution, or

2.the Bill of Rights, or

3.Philosophic basis for the guaranty of free speech, or

4.Ownership of the media, or

5.the free press clause, or

6.the free speech clause, or

7.the four components of freedom of expression, or


8.the right of the people to information provision, or

9.The right not to be forced to disclose the source (the Shield Law), or

10. right to freedom from  prior restraint, or

11.”chilling effect”, or

12.Libel or cyberlibel,


       related topics.

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