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Ed. by Vos, Tim P.

Series:Handbooks of Communication Science [HoCS] 19

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15 Politics and Policies of Journalism and Free Press

Mills, Anthony / Sarikakis, Katharine


Throughout history journalism has been perceived by society and the profession as a counterbalance to power abuse, the actor entrusted by the public with the willingness and ability to hold power and especially the State to account. A free public sphere requires free journalism if the principles of enlightenment are to flourish. A free press is incontrovertibly linked to the degree of freedom in a society and while one does not necessarily guarantee the other, the undermining of freedoms in social life is connected with the lack of freedom of expression. The concepts of free speech and the right to impart and access information constitute pillars of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations 2016) & the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights (Council of Europe 2016) and of constitutions across the globe. The underlying understanding is that without the freedom to debate issues of public interest using the best and most accurate information available, democracy as a goal and lived political system is impeded. This chapter discusses the politics and policies that impact on journalism, with the starting point that normatively, journalists should seek to hold power accountable.

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Anthony Mills, Katharine Sarikakis (2018). 15 Politics and Policies of Journalism and Free Press. In Tim P. Vos (Editor), Journalism (pp. 297–320). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501500084-015

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501500084

Online ISBN: 9781501500084

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