Constitutional law of Journalism (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Daniele Butturini
Daniele Butturini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
1° periodo di lezioni dal Sep 28, 2020 al Dec 14, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the necessary conceptual, normative, methodological and cultural bases for understanding the system of constitutional law of media of journalism.
The purpose of the course is to make the student capable of assessing the issues arising in the normative implementation of new media of journalism and in the normative and cultural transformations of journalism.
The purpose of the curse is to develop the student capable of understanting the legal framework skills of the different media.


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.
The course will explore the legal issues of the proliferation of new media and legal nature of journalism and journalists.

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.

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, Chapters I, II e IV, Filodiritto, Bologna, 2018.

For students not attending the course and for students attending the course there will be an oral examination.

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