Communication Law and Deontology - 2nd semester


This unit tries to establish a global framework for the regulatory bodies of media in Portugal.
The student is required to:
a. Analyse this framework, from the Portuguese Constitution to the regulatory norms of the media;
b. Study the historical background of the legal framework;
c. Analyse its background, objectives and conceptual foundation;
d. Analyse the ethical requirements
e. Study international benchmarking;
f. Analyse examples of legal and ethical requirements being applied in real situations;

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Sara Figueiredo Pina


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





-CARVALHO, Alberto Arons de, CARDOSO, António Monteiro e FIGUEIREDO, João Pedro, \"Direito da Comunicação Social\", Texto Ed. 3ª ed., 2102
-MACHADO, Jónatas, \"Liberdade de Expressão\", Coimbra Ed., 2012
-BASTOS, Maria Manuel e LOPES, Neuza, \"Comentários à Lei de Imprensa e ao Estatuto do Jornalista\", Coimbra Ed., 2011
-Instituto de Ciências Jurídico Políticas da Fac de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa, \"Media, Direito e Democracia\", ed. Almedina, 2014
-CALLEJÓN, Maria Luisa Balaguer, \"Derecho de la Información y de la Comunicación, Tecnos ed., 2013

Teaching method

Each instance in Media Law will be viewed through its historical evolution, stressing its conceptual foundations and analysing and interpreting current law, including a perspective on compared law and, whenever necessary, an ethical view. Active participation of the students will be required. Theoretical classes: 60%; Practical: 40%.

Evaluation method

The written exam (60%) will determine knowledge on theory and the ability of students to analyze problems through three general issues; exercise on practical problem-solving (40%) will try to ascertain the student’s ability to interpret law. Involvement in the classes will be taken into account.

Subject matter

Historical evolution of Media Law in Portugal
The sources of Media Law
Freedom of expression and information
Freedom of the media - journalist’s rights, freedom of the market, assurances of independence and pluralism in the media
Limits to media freedom - infractions by the media, the right to reply and correction, limits to programming freedom
Regulatory bodies for the media
Convergence; digital platforms and the internet, the perspectives on law and ethics.