Comm. Law, media law

[commlaw] 3/8 The Freedom of the Press

Required Reading:

  • New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964) (read the syllabus at least).
  • Ming-Li Wang, The Fourth Estate Under Siege: The Making of a Democratic Institution and Its Pressing Challenges, 7 Nat’l Taiwan U. L. Rev. 385 (2012).

Important Cases:

  • Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323 (1974).
  • Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988).
  • Milkovich v. Lorain Journal, 497 U.S. 1 (1990).

Additional Reading:

  • David A. Anderson, Freedom of the Press, 80 Tex. L. Rev. 429 (2002).
  • 林子儀,新聞自由的意義及其理論基礎,收於氏著《言論自由與新聞自由》,頁63。

Homework:

  • What is “the right to reply”? Should it be made an expansive legal right against abusive news media?

 

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