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Course code

MACO 31453

Course Title

Media Law

Pre – requisite   - None

Types/Status      - Core

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the unit student should be able to:

Apply various theories connected with the study of media law and its application to the study of Mass Communication. The student will be a in position to obtain an overview of aspects pertaining to the relations between mass media and legal issues.

Course content

Definitions, Development of ethics leading to  law, meaning and purpose of law, media  regulation, public interest and constitutional  provision, freedom of expression, state constitution, penal code, acts and regulations (print, electronic and new media),public performance act, media laws pertaining to agreements  and declaration , right to information, study of human rights, defamation, intellectual property rights, pornography ,violence, obscenity,

Method of teaching and learning

Lectures, Tutorials, Workshops


Examination [60%]

Assignments [20%]

Presentation  [20%]

Recommended Reading

Selvakumaran, N, Edirisinghe, Rohan, (ed) (1998) Mass Media Laws & Regulations in Sri Lanka, AMIC, Singapore

Bloy, Media, (2007) Media Law, Sage, India

Zuckman, Hervey L…elal (ed) (1988) Mass Communication Law, West Publishing Co. USA

Wickramarathne, Jayampathi, (2006) Fundamental Rights in sri Lanka, A Stanford Lake, Colombo

Rozenberg, Joshua, (2005) Privacy & the Press, Oxford University Press

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