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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Public Communication and the Law
The Sources of Law
The Litigation Process: Civil and Criminal
Working with the Law
Limitations of Law
Chapter 2 The First Amendment
Theory of Freedom of Expression
Scope of the First Amendment: The Hierarchy of Protected Expression
Who Is Protected?
Chapter 3 Methods of Control
Prior Restraints and Post-publication Punishment
Chapter 4 Libel
The Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof
The Defendant’s Case
Preventing Libel Suits
Ideas for Reform
Chapter 5 Privacy and Personal Security
Intrusion and Trespass
Emotional Distress and Personal Injury
Chapter 6 Intellectual Property
Chapter 7 Political Speech
Referenda and Other Public Issues
Regulation of Political Candidate Broadcast Programming
Regulation of Public Issue Programming: The Fairness Doctrine
Lobbying: The Right to Petition
Chapter 8 Commercial Speech
First Amendment and Advertising
Unfair and Deceptive Advertising
Other Federal Regulations
Media’s Right to Refuse Advertising
Chapter 9 Obscenity and Indecency
Controlling Non-obscene Sexual Expression
Chapter 10 The Media and the Judiciary
Defining Jury Bias
Remedies for Prejudicial Publicity
Controlling Conduct in Court
Controlling Prejudicial Publicity
Chapter 11 Protection of News Sources, Notes, and Tape
Protection under the Common Law
Protection under the First Amendment
Protection under State Statutes
Protection under Federal Statutes and Regulations
Chapter 12 Access to Information
Access and the Constitution
Access to Events
Access to Records
Access to Meetings
Obtaining Access: A Final Word
Appendix A Finding and Reading the Law
Appendix B The First Fourteen Amendments to the Constitution