Media Law and Ethics is a comprehensive overview and a thoughtful introduction to media law principles and cases as well as related ethical concerns relevant to the practice of professional communication. This is the fi rst textbook to explicitly integrate both media law and ethics within one volume. Since it integrates both current law and ethical queries, it is ideal for both undergraduate and graduate courses in media law and ethics. Co-author Kyu Ho Youm expands this edition’s international scope, updating and broadening his chapter on international and foreign law. The book also covers the most timely and controversial issues in modern American media. The new fifth edition has been updated with current events and discusses the potential impact they have.

chapter 1|13 pages

Sources and Types of American Law

chapter 2|25 pages

The U.S. Legal System

chapter 3|43 pages

The Judicial Process

chapter 4|24 pages

The Meaning of the First Amendment

chapter 5|31 pages

Ethical Dilemmas, Issues, and Concerns

chapter 6|23 pages

The Reporter’s Privilege

chapter 7|47 pages

Prior Restraint

chapter 8|62 pages

Corporate and Commercial Speech

chapter 9|66 pages

Electronic Media

chapter 10|67 pages


chapter 11|49 pages

Right of Privacy

chapter 13|36 pages

Indecency, Obscenity, and Pornography

chapter 14|76 pages

Intellectual Property

chapter 15|37 pages

International and Foreign Law