An Overview Of Communications Law
Communications law and policy is concerned with the regulation of newspaper and print media publication, radio and TV broadcasting and Internet publishing.
The purposes of Communications Law are to maintain standards of decency, reflect community concerns about issues such as privacy and copyright and provide avenues of redress
Communications law & policy is developed the same way other laws are made – through Parliament. Communications law can also be altered through judicial interpretation or through regulatory bodies
Communications law differs according to the country’s political system. There are several types of political systems. Authoritarian regimes include communism, extreme socialism, and fascism, for examples the governments of China or Cuba. Quasi-Libertarian covers emerging democratic republics like Singapore and Malaysia. Finally Libertarian systems include capitalism, Western-style democracy, or representative democracy such as India or Indonesia.
In the US which is operates under a libertarian system the first amendment reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
In the US freedom of the press is a fundamental liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution. American courts and legislative bodies have been hesitant to impinge on that freedom. The amendment has been interpreted broadly for the purposes of ensuring civil liberties. Numerous state and federal Acts (laws) seek to ensure full extent of the First Amendment such as the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act
US Media law is divided into telecommunications/broadcast, and print sources (newspapers, periodicals, etc.). The First Amendment limits the scope of