COURSE STRUCTURE (Revised w.e.f 2019-20 Batch)

1.1 Media, Ethics and the Constitution
   I. Disseminating facets of media
  • Understanding the Concept of Media,
  • History of Media
  • Theories of Media
  • Evolution of Media in India and
  •  Media Legislation (including Media Laws in US, Scrips Newspapers Chain, Foreign Direct Investments in Media

II. Media and Ethics

  • Era of Yellow Journalism, Tabloids & magazines
  • paid news
  • Fake news; Citizen Reporters: Social Media Issues

III. Media & Self Regulation

IV. History of Media Law in India

V. Constitutional Rights of Media & Limitations on Freedom of Speech and Expression

VI. Media & Other Constitutional Estates

  • Legislature: Breach of Privileges
  • Judiciary: Contempt of Court
  • Executive: Official Secrets Act, Central Civil Service Conduct Rules
  • Issues relating to reporting Legislature and Judiciary
1.2 Media and the Law
       I. Media & Criminal Law
  • Defamation
  • Sedition
  • Obscenity

II. Media and Civil wrongs (Torts)

  • Defamation
  • breach of privacy
  • negligence

III. Media & Copyright issues

IV. Right to Information Act 2005: New tool for Press Freedom

V. Media and Journalists: Working Journalists Act and Press Council & Human Rights

VI. Trial by Media: Influence on Adjudicators

1.3 Advertisement and the Law

I. Basis of Advertisement: Constitutional Freedom of Commercial Speech

II. Drug and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act and other Laws regulating Advertisements

III. Content of Advertisements: Civil and Criminal liability

IV. Unfair Practices through Advertisements and Consumers Rights

V. Advertising Standards Council of India: A Private Regulatory

VI. Misleading Advertisements: Need for New Law

1.4 Electronic Media and Regulatory Law

I. Convergence of New Media in the Internet: Cinema, Social Media

II. Expansion of Electronic Media: Broadcast sector – TV and Radio

III. Autonomy of Public Sector Broadcaster: Prasar Bharti Law

IV. Freedom of Private Broadcasting: Broadcasting Regulation Bill and Cable TV Network Regulation Act

V. Cinematography Act, Pre-censorship, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act

VI. Information Technology Act 2000

Course Coordinator

  Prof. Faizan Mustafa
  Vice Chancellor &
  Director (Officiating),
  Directorate of Distance Education
  Ph : +9140 – 23498401

Administrative Contact


Ms. K. Madhuri
Assistant Registrar
Ph : +9140 – 23498402
Email :

Ms. G. Usha Devi
Junior Assistant
Ph : +9140 – 23498404
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Mr. B. Vijay Kumar
Record Assistant
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Postal Address

NALSAR Proximate Education

Directorate of Distance Education
NALSAR University of Law
Justice City, Shameerpet, Medchal District,
Hyderabad - 500101, Telangana, India.
Ph : +9140 – 23498404;Fax: +91 40 23498403

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