A elasticidade dos limites legais no discurso mediático humorístico

  • Marta Sitú Antunes Branco Martins (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Law and Communication Studies walk side by side. Both insert, dictate, and regulate society. However, when it comes to the subject of humorous media discourse in the field of law, the doubts are still many. How can it be regulated without implying restrictions on freedom of speech, but without allowing abuses in the sphere of the subjects of the discourse? In this research we proposed, firstly, to investigate the two fields separately, making a theorization of the relevant themes for the investigative method we were going to use. And secondly, we conducted a practical investigation, analysing how the legal discourse positions itself in relation to the humorous media discourse. To do so, and using Discourse Analysis tools, we studied two legal decisions referring to humorous discourse texts. From this analysis, and although the decisions are different, we were able to identify similar points in which the arguments for the decisions are based: the message and the interpretation of the message of the humorous media discourse. There is no single, final, and totally consensual answer to the problem. Moreover, any of the texts on which we have based ourselves is liable to disagreement. But for there to be disagreement it is necessary that there are theoretical and practical reflections on this very current social theme and that is precisely what led us to this dissertation.
Date of Award3 Jun 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorRita Faria (Supervisor)


  • Humour
  • Law
  • Discourse
  • Discourse analyses
  • Freedom of speech
  • Media discourse


  • Mestrado em Ciências da Comunicação

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