This course is relationship between the Media Law (rights and freedoms that media practitioners enjoy) and ethics (professional obligations and responsibilities they have to be conscious of while expediting their rights).

Emphasis shall be in the legal privileges and legal limitations affecting journalists in their practice as well as ethical dilemmas they face on a day to day operation using various media platform such as: broadcast, print media, public relations or advertising, entertainment and the digital platforms.

This course will help students to explore what is right, legal, and good about communication and media practice; to understand freedom and responsible professionalism; and to gain a working knowledge of Kenya media law.

By the end of this course students should be able to:

 1.  Demonstrate an understanding of ethical judgment, including cognitive tools for ethical reasoning developed by contemporary and classical scholars.

 2. Develop and articulate the necessary attitudes, skills, and knowledge to process different ethical models and to apply them to practical professional situations, with applications to selected communication contexts.

 3. Identify and respond to major ethical issues in the field of communication.

 4. Analyse and provide a good grasp of the media laws of Kenya.

 5. Act as knowledgeable professionals within the legal boundaries of communication as part of the audience (society).

 6. Experience and discuss a wide range of ethical, moral, and legal issues affecting media and communication practice.


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