media law

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The legislation through which governments regulate the mass media (see also deregulation; regulation). It includes issues of censorship, copyright, defamation, broadcast law, and antitrust law. In democracies, media law is seen as a balancing act between two conflicting principles: freedom of expression and constraints laid down in statutes of common law, as in issues of defamation and the national interest.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts1998/ukpga_19980042_en_3#sch1 The 1998 Human Rights Act

Subjects: Law — Media Studies.

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