Lyombe Eko

Lyombe Eko
Associate Professor
Associate Director For Academic Graduate Studies
Phone: 
319-353-1926
Office: 
E322 AJB
PhD 1997, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Areas of academic specialization: comparative media law and ethics; international communication

Before joining The University of Iowa, Leo Eko was an Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Media Law at the University of Maine. He has served as a journalist and producer at the African Broadcasting Union (URTNA) in Nairobi, Kenya, and at Cameroon Radio and Television Corporation. Professor Eko has produced several video documentaries on African topics. Three of them won honorable mention at festivals in Germany and Canada and are part of the holdings of several American and Canadian university libraries. His research has been published in Communication Law and Policy (Journal of the Law and Policy Division of AEJMC), Communications and the Law, The International Journal of Communication Law and Policy, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, The Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Third World Studies, the Journal for Journalism in Southern Africa (Ecquid Novi), the Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications, the Encyclopedia of Radio, and several book chapters. Prof. Eko teaches courses in Media Law and Ethics, Comparative Communication and Video Production.

Books

Eko, L. (2013). American Exceptionalism, the French Exception and Digital Media Law. Lanham, MD. Lexington Books. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739181126

Eko, L (2012). New Media, Old Regimes: Case Studies in Comparative Communication Law and Policy. Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books. https://rowman.com/ISBN/978-0-7391-6789-2

Journal Articles (Refereed, Selected)

Eko, L. (2013). Putting African Accents in United Nations Internet for Development Policies.  Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 10 (2), 1-16

Eko, L. Kumar, A., & Yao, Q. (2012) To Google or Not to Google:  The Google Digital Books Initiative and the Exceptionalist Intellectual Property Law Regimes of the United States and France. Journal of Internet Law, 15 (7), 12-30

Eko, L. Kumar, A., & Yao, Q. (2011) Google This: The Great Firewall of China, The IT Wheel of India, Google, Inc., and Internet Regulation. Journal of Internet Law, 15 (3),  3-14

Eko, L. (2010) “American Exceptionalism, The French Exception, Intellectual Property Law and Peer-to Peer File sharing on the Internet.” The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, 10 (1), pp. 95-153

Eko, L. (2010) “The Art of Criticism: How African Cartoons Discursively Constructed African Media Realities in the Post-Cold War Era.” Critical African Studies 4 (1) (University of Edinburgh)

Eko, L. (2010) “New Technologies, Ancient Archetypes: The Boston Globe’s Discursive Construction of Internet Connectivity in Africa.” Howard Journal of Communications 21(2), 182-198

Eko, L. (2009) Suffer the Virtual Little Children: The European Union, the United States, and International Regulation of Online Child Pornography. Journal of Media Law and Ethics 1 (1/2) 107-149

Eko, L. & Berkowitz, D. (2009) “Le Monde, French Secular Republicanism and the Mohammad Cartoons Affair: Journalistic “Re-presentation” of the Sacred Right to Offend.” The International Communication Gazette, 47 (3) 181-202

Eko, L. (2007) It's a Political Jungle Out There: How Four African Newspaper Cartoons Dehumanized and "Deterritorialized" African Political Leaders in the Post-Cold War Era, International Communication Gazette, 69 (3), 219-238

Berkowitz, D. & Eko, L. (2007) “Blasphemy As Sacred Rite/Right: ‘The Mohammed Cartoons Affair’ and Maintenance of Journalistic Ideology.” Journalism Studies. 8 (5), 779-797(19)

Eko, L. (2006) New Media, Old Regimes: The Historical and Ideological Foundations of French & American Regulation of Bias-motivated Speech and Expression on the Internet. Loyola International & Comparative Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 69-127

Eko, L. & Tolstikova, N. (2005) The United States, the Russian Federation, and International Electronic Signature Policy. International Journal of Law and Policy. Issue 10, Online Journal of Yale University, the University of Münster, Oxford University, and Warwick University. Available at http://ijclp.net/ojs/index.php/ijclp

Eko, L. (2005) Beasts of No Nation: Re-presentation of African Presidents in the Post-Cold War African Satirical Press. International Journal of Comic Art (Temple University) 7 (1) Spring/Summer

Eko, L. (2003) The English-Language Press and the ‘Anglophone Problem’ In Cameroon: Group identity, Culture, and the Politics of Nostalgia. Journal of Third World Studies

Eko, L. (2002) Bombs and bombast in the NATO/Yugoslav War of 1999: the attack on Radio Television Serbia and the Laws of War. Communications and the Law, 24 (3),  1-45.

Eko, L. (2001) Many Spiders, one World Wide Web: Towards a typology of Internet Regulation. Communication Law and Policy, 6, 445-484.

Book Chapters

Eko, L. (2006) Life in the Margins of Globalization: Media Liberalization, Commercialization and hegemony in Africa. In Lee Artz & Yahya Kamalimpour (eds)., The Media Globe: Trends in International Mass Media, pp 1-20. Albany: SUNY Press

Eko, L. (2004) Internet Connectivity and Development in Africa: Look before you “leapfrog!” In J. M. Mbaku and S.C. Saxena (Eds.). Africa at the Crossroads. Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press (pp. 211–231)

Eko. L. (2004) Hear all evil, see all evil, rail against all evil: Le Messager and the “Journalism of Resistance” in Cameroon. In Joseph Takougang  & John Mukum Mbaku (Eds.). The Challenge of Leadership in Africa:  Cameroon Under Paul Biya. Cresskill, N.J: Africa World Press (pp. 123-151)

Eko, L. (2003) Between globalization and democratization: Governmental Public Broadcasting in Africa. In Michael McCauley, Lee Artz, DeeDee Halleck & Eric Peterson (Eds.). Public Broadcasting in the Public Interest. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe (pp.175-191)

Eko, L. (2003) Globalization, Political liberalization, Cultural Hegemony and the Mass Media in Africa. In Lee Artz (Ed.). Globalization and Corporate Media Hegemony. New York: SUNY Press ( pp.195-211)

Book Review

Eko, Lyombe (2006) Regulated self-regulation as a form of modern government. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 30, 378-382.

Encyclopedia Entries (invited)

Eko, L. (2008) Internet Law and Policy. In International Encyclopedia of Communication, Wolfgang Donsbach (ed.). Malden, MA.: Blackwell

Eko, L. (2008) Communication Law and Policy in Africa. In International Encyclopedia of Communication, Wolfgang Donsbach (ed.). Malden, MA.: Blackwell

Eko, L. (2003) Freedom of the Press in Africa, Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications: Donald Johnston, (ed.) Elsevier Science

Eko, L. (2003)  Africa No. One Encyclopedia of Radio. Christopher H. Sterling & Michael Keith (eds.). Chicago: Fitzroy Dearbon

Eko, L. (2003) Radio and Emergencies. Encyclopedia of Radio Christopher H. Sterling & Michael Keith (eds.). Chicago: Fitzroy Dearbon

Eko, L. (2003) World Radiocommunication Conferences (ITU). Encyclopedia of Radio Christopher H. Sterling & Michael Keith (eds.). Chicago: Fitzroy Dearbon

Refereed Conference Presentations (selected)

Eko, L. “Intellectual Property Law and the Transfer of Collective Journalistic Works from Real Space to Cyberspace: The Case of the United States and France.” Paper presented at the Law and Policy Division, During the Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Washington D.C. 2013.

Eko, L. & Haman, J.,The Internet, State Hegemony versus Corporate Hegemony in the North African Arab Spring.” (Paper presented at the International Communication Division during the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, London, June 2013.

Eko, L. “The ‘Arab Spring’ in North Africa and the Typological Validity of the Gateway Model of Internet Regulation. (Paper presented at the Law and Policy Division during the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, London, June 2013.

Eko, L. “The Politics of Counter-diffusion: The Mohammed Controversies and the New Intrnational Entitle(mentality) of “Respect for Religion” Paper Presented at the Law Section of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, 2013

Eko, L “Governmental Instrumentalization and Civil-Society Counter-Instrumentalization of the Internet and the Social Media during the Arab Spring in North Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Media Law and Policy Contexts.”  (Paper Presented at the Communication Law Section of the Annual conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research, Durban, South Africa, July 2012)

Eko, L. “To Digitize or Not to Digitize: The Google Digital Books Universal Library Initiative and the Exceptionalist Intellectual Property Law Regimes of the United States and France." (Paper presented at the Communication Law and Policy Division during the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ, May 2012)

Eko, L. "From development communication to Internet connectivity: Milestones in United Nations formulation and transfer of communication policy to Africa (1958-2010)." Accepted for Presentation by the AEJMC International Communication Division for presentation at the AEJMC annual Conference, St. Louis, Mo., August 2011

Eko, L. The French Exception, American Exceptionalism, Governmental Policy and Technological Innovation: The Case of the Minitel and the Internet. Paper Presented at the annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Istanbul, Turkey, July 2011

Eko, L. "American Exceptionalism, the French Exception, and the Clash between Intellectual Property Law and Freedom of Expression: The case of Trademark Parody and 'Gripe' Websites on the Internet" (paper accepted by the ICA Communication Law and Policy Division for presentation at the Annual Conference. Boston, MA., May 2011)

Eko, L.The Art of Criticism: How African Cartoons Discursively Constructed African Media Realities in the Post-Cold War Era.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Convention (AEJMC),  Denver, CO, August, 2010 (Winner, Outstanding Poster)

Eko, L. “American Exceptionalism, The French Exception, Intellectual Property Law and Peer-to-Peer file-sharing on the Internet.” Paper presented at the 60th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) Singapore, June 2010

Eko, L. “The United Nations and the Mohammed Cartoons Affair: Creating a Global “Respect for Religion Exception” Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Paper presented at the annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) Chicago, IL. June 2009

Eko, L. “American Exceptionalism, the French Exception and Harmonization of International Intellectual Property Law.” Paper presented at the annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Boston, MA, August 2009

Eko, L. “Advertising Parody, Religion, and the Law of Defamation in the United States and France.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Chicago, IL., August 2008

Eko, L. “To Punish or Not to Punish Blasphemy; that is Not Out of the Question: The Mohammed Cartoons Controversy and Free Speech in Denmark and France.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA) Montreal, Canada, May 2008

Eko, L. “Mohammed Cartoons Affair, The United Nations and Respect for Religion." Paper presented at the Law Section, annual Conference of the International Association for Mass Communication Research (IAMCR), Stockholm, Sweden, July 2008

Eko, L.  & Berkowitz, D. “Le Monde, French Secular Republicanism and the Mohammad Cartoons Affair: Journalistic “Re-presentation” of the Sacred Right to Offend.”Paper presented at the International Division, Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco, CA, August 2007

Eko, L. International and Comparative Perspectives to Media Law. Panelist, 89th annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, CA, May 2007

Eko, L. “Interest Groups and Internet Content Regulation in the United States and France: One Country’s Hate Speech is Another’s Free Speech.” (2nd Place Paper Competition Winner) Broadcast Education Association 2006 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. April 2006

Eko, L. New Media, Old Mania: Regulation of Online Child Pornography Under European Union and American Law. Presented at the 56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Dresden, Germany. June 2006

Eko, L., Kumar, A. & Jie L “One World Wide Web, Three Monitoring Schemes: A Comparative Analysis of the Internet Surveillance Systems of the United States, Russia and China.” Paper presented the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Association (AEJMC) San Antonio, TX, August 2005

Eko, L. “The Text is the Vortex: Three African Newspaper Cartoon "Re-Presentations" of President, Press and International Lending Institutions in the Post-Cold War era.” Paper presented the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Association (AEJMC), Toronto, Ontario, August 2004

Eko, L. “Regulation of Online Child Pornography in the United States and France.” Paper presented at the 54th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), New Orleans, LA, June 2004

Creative Production (Video Documentary)

Eko, L. (2007). Elephant-People: An African Secret Society and Globalization

  • French version selected for screening at Le Musée de L’Homme, Paris, France, as part of their ethnographic series, ‘L’Autre et le Sacré (The Other and the Sacred).
  • English version of this documentary selected for screening at the Africa World Festival of Documentary Films, University of Missouri-St. Louis (2007).

(Ethnographic documentary on an African secret society in the age of globalization)

Honors & Awards

2010   Winner, Outstanding Poster Award, International Communication Division, AEJMC Annual Conference, Denver Co.

2009   Stanley International Programs/Obermann Center Research Award

2008   University of Iowa Faculty Development Award

2008   Outstanding Faculty Member, University of Iowa Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

2006    Research Paper Award (2nd place), Broadcast Education Association (BEA) International Division Paper Competition

2006   Provost’s Service Learning Course Development Award (Center For Teaching)