PHL 800 Media Ethics and the Law

This course examines the rights, freedoms, obligations, and legal responsibilities of the media and journalists. Philosophical issues may include: the grounds and limits of freedom of expression; moral responsibilities respecting truth, balance and objectivity; media ethics and business pressures; obligations to the public, to sources, to colleagues, to the employer and to oneself. Legal discussion may include: laws of libel, contempt and privacy, the Charter of Rights, and reporters’ rights when dealing with police and courts. Lect: 3 hrs. Antirequisite: JRN 123 Course Weight: 1.00 Billing Units: 1

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