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6th Edition

Media Law and Ethics

ISBN 9780367748562
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
524 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive textbook provides a thoughtful introduction to both the legal and ethical considerations relevant to students pursuing careers in communication and media.

The fully revised, sixth edition continues to integrate fundamental legal and ethical principles with cases and examples from both landmark moments and recent history. It expands upon the previous edition's exploration of international and non-U.S. law, introduces a new chapter on digital and social media, and incorporates discussion of new technologies and media throughout its coverage of core topics such as privacy, intellectual property, defamation and commercial speech. Coverage of recent court cases and congressional hearings brings readers up to date on the evolving discussion surrounding Facebook, Twitter and today’s other major online players.

This hybrid textbook is ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in media and communication that combine law and ethics.

Online resources including chapter PowerPoint slides, study guides and sample teaching materials are available at

Table of Contents

1. American Law, the Legal System and the Judicial Processes  2. Media Ethics: A Cognitive Framework  3. Prior Restraint  4. Defamation  5. Right of Privacy  6. Indecency and Obscenity  7. Digital and Social Media  8. Corporate Commercial Speech  9. Intellectual Property  10. Internatonal and Foreign Law


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Roy L. Moore is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Kentucky and retired Professor of Journalism and former Dean of the College of Mass Communication (now College of Media and Entertainment) at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from University of Wisconsin–Madison and a J.D. from the Georgia State University College of Law. He has served as expert witness in several media law cases.

Michael D. Murray is University of Missouri Board of Curators Distinguished Professor Emeritus and the first Governor Emeritus of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Mid America. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Columbia. He founded and led media programs at Virginia Tech, University of Louisville, University of Nevada–Las Vegas and the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Kyu Ho Youm is Professor and Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair at the University of Oregon and the 2021 ICA Fellow. His research on freedom of expression has been widely cited by U.S. and foreign courts including the British House of Lords, the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale and graduate law degrees from Oxford University and Yale Law School.

The revised, sixth edition of Media Law and Ethics also includes new chapters by contributors Aimee Edmondson of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and Eric P. Robinson of the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina.


"This new edition of Media Law and Ethics is a highly valuable and clearly written guide for media students and professionals who not only want to follow the law but also do the right thing. Through its use of real-life examples, it provides a practical approach to handling legal and ethical dilemmas in an era of rampant disinformation, rapid technological change, and media globalization." Jon Marshall, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA