Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Communication Law and Deontology



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Ciências da Comunicação



Teacher in charge

Alberto Arons de Carvalho

Weekly hours


Teaching language



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;



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.


-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.