Media Law and Ethics: Readings in Communication Regulation

Edited by
Kiran Prasad

2008; ISBN 81-7646-604-2; Pp xxviii + 457; Rs. 1500 (HB)
B.R. Publishing Corporation, BRPC (India) Ltd,4737 A/23, Main Ansari Road,   Darya Ganj, New Delhi – 110002.
There are many books on media law and communication ethics, but today journalism and communication studies are being transformed by new media and communication convergence. This book tries to unravel the complication
and updates the curriculum on communication regulations. This book is designed keeping in mind the UGC Core Curriculum for the course Media Law and Ethics offered at the Masters Degree for students of Journalism, Mass Communication, Electronic Media, Public Relations and Advertising Studies in the Indian Universities.

Every journalist and journalism student - from the traditional print media to the modern convergent media - should know the legal and ethical aspects of publishing a story. There are two main aspects of media regulations: 1) media laws about the publication of a story which may relate to libel and defamation; and 2) media laws about permissible comments on legal proceedings which include contempt of court.

A journalist must also make ethical choices about each story apart from  its possible legal implications. This book examines not only the laws governing the media but also ethical issues in everyday journalism. The chapters in the book have focused on the existing challenges in communication regulations and also throw light on the emerging ethical concerns in the global media environment.
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Editor and Contributors

Theoretical Foundations of Communication Regulations

1.    Freedom, Regulation and Ethics: Market, State and Media Accountability System - Claude-Jean Bertrand
2.    Communication and Values - Kiran Prasad
3.    A Theory of Media Ethics: Foundation and Key Issues - Kiran Prasad
4.    Satellite Broadcasting Regulation and Cultural Exception: An Arab Islamic View of Communication
- Basyouni Ibrahim Hamada

Press and Broadcasting Regulations

5.    Laws and Regulations Governing Press Freedom in India
- P. E. Thomas
6.    Laws and Regulations in Indian Broadcasting
- G. Nagamallika
7.    Foreign Direct Investment in Print Media: Legal and Ethical Issues –
- Roy Mathew
8.    Freedom, Individualism and Ethical Behaviour:  A Comparative Study of Print and Electronic Media Journalists
-  Kiran Prasad
9.    Electronic News Media and Emerging Ethical Issues - Bhavya Srivastava

New Media and Content Regulations

10.    The Legal Capture of New Media Technology
- Lawrence Liang
11.    Indian Cyber Laws
- Umesh Arya
12.    Cyber Journalism: Legal and Ethical Issues
- Pradeep Nair
13.    All Rights Reserved?: Cultural Monopoly and the Troubles with Copyright in the Age of the Internet
- Michael Geist
14.    Pornography and Women’s Sexuality in the Legal Web
- Kamayani Bali Mahabal
15.    Protecting Minors against Harmful New Media Content: Perspectives on Content Regulation in the Digital Media
- Eva Lievens

Regulations in Functional Communication

16.    Emergency and Censorship: The dark side of Indian Democracy
- Shaju P.P
17.    Media and Legislative Privileges: A Case Study
- Nirmaldasan
18.    Regulatory Challenges and Ethical Issues in Public Relations and Advertising
- Waheeda Sultana
19.    Right to Information and Communication Regulations in India
- Kiran Prasad

About the Editor: Kiran Prasad is Associate Professor in Communication and Journalism, Sri Padmavati Mahila University, Tirupati, India. Recently she was awarded the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship and was Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds, UK. She was Canadian Studies Research Fellow at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She is also the youngest ever recipient of the ‘State Best Teacher Award’ for university teachers from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. A prolific writer and well known Indian communication philosopher, she is author/editor of over fifteen books. Her theoretical contributions include a conceptual model of Ethics Affecting Variables (EAV) in Communication; an analytical framework and conceptual model on Media Policy Affecting Variables for the implementation of media policy in the developing countries; and a conceptual model on Voting Behaviour Affecting Variables in Political Communication Campaign. She has specialized in several branches of communication and has successfully guided doctoral degrees in communication and journalism. She can be reached at;

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