Constitutional law of Journalism (2018/2019)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Daniele Butturini
Daniele Butturini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
2° periodo di lezioni - aprile/maggio 2019, 2° periodo di lezioni - febbraio/aprile 2019

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course analyzes the Constitutional Law of Information as dissemination of news and reviews performed by the modern agora and the journalism as essential freedom for constitutional democracy.
The course focuses on the Freedom of the press as fundamental Freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. As such, courts and legislative bodies have been hesitant to impinge on that freedom. In fact, the course analyzes the Freedom of Information Act and the relationship between economic freedom and journalism.
The course will examine the journalism and the multiplication of influences of media in contemporary society and the latest technological developments, especially the Internet developments.


Freedom of information and political system.
Information and constitutional democracy.
The sources of media law.
The constitutional Principles.
The Association of Journalists.
The limits of journalism.
The pluralism: internal and external.
The citizen Journalism.
The multifaced nature of online Journalism.
The public service Broadcasting between National and European Law.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Daniele Butturini L'informazione giornalistica tra libertà, potere e servizio (Edizione 1) Filodiritto 2018 978-88-95922-96-6
M. PEDRAZZA GORLERO Saggi per un corso di diritto costituzionale dell’informazione giornalistica Cedam - Padova 2006

Assessment methods and criteria

Students that will attend the lectures must study:
1) lectures notes.
2) D. BUTTURINI, L’informazione giornalistica tra libertà, potere e servizio, Filodiritto, Bologna, 2017, study a chapter

Students that will not attend the lectures must study
M. PEDRAZZA GORLERO, Saggi per un corso di diritto costituzionale dell’informazione giornalistica, CEDAM, Padova, 2006.
D. BUTTURINI, L’informazione giornalistica tra libertà, potere e servizio, Filodiritto, Bologna, 2017, Chapters n. 1, 2, 4.

For students not attending the course, there will be an oral examination; for students attending the course, there will be a written test.
Goals of the examination:

The oral test consists of a discussion aimed at verifying:
- the knowledge of the exam program topics
- the depth and breadth of the acquired knowledge;
- the property of language;
- the ability to connect systematically knowledge;
- analytical and argumentative ability

The final evaluation is expressed in thirtieth.

ERASMUS students are invited to to contact Daniele Butturini ( at the beginning of the course in order to set teaching methods and assessment tests.

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