Media Law Expert Explicates Innovations in British Libel Law
On May 29, Professor Mohan J. Dutta, Head of the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore, and Professor Ang Peng Hwa, Chairman of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Nanyang Technological University, co-hosted a talk by Professor Kyu Ho Youm, the inaugural Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, at the Stephen Riady Centre in NUS’ University Town.
Prof Youm, who is the current President of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and expert on media law, delivered an interesting talk on the innovativeness and liberalisation of British libel law as it moves closer to adopting the US idea of free speech.
Prof Youm’s research on freedom of expression has been cited by American and foreign courts, including the Supreme Court of Great Britain, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the High Court of Australia. In addition, his media law research has been used by U.S. and non-U.S. lawyers in representing their clients in press freedom litigation. He has also written for the New York Times.
His conscientious tweeting is noted in Forbes.com as “one of the best media and law resources on Twitter” and serves as a valuable resource on research in media law and freedom.
The talk comes amidst the current debate on media freedom as the Media Development Authority issues its latest licensing requirement for online news websites.