Freedom Of The Press Explained

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

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“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.” – The United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

Without the protected rights of the Freedom of the press, I would not be able to do what I do. The definition of Freedom of the press or known as the Freedom of the media refers to the publication and circulation of information. Within restriction or rules that are implemented by either governments or third-party examples.

The first country in the world to set up fundamental principles into its constitution was Sweden within the Freedom of the Press Act of 1766. Beating America to it within their Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1791. These laws have encouraged the expression of communications within legislation about harm/copyright.

Mentioning the importance of our Freedom of the press, the positives it has are in our right to Freedom of speech. Media mainstream or independent thrives on the ability to call out concepts. Innovating material has a shared responsibility that has journalistic integrity and character. The cons of the Freedom of the media it can lead to bias and censorship. Asking yourself if too much freedom can be an issue? should there be consequences for misreporting? or not focusing on the reality of the situation. Read my links to articles ^, to sum up, my point of why there needs to be some limitations.

Happy that I live in a country that enforces public rights of expression, many other countries do not have this guarantee. In defining both sides of this topic, the cultural elevation rises regardless. If you support independent media or the mainstream, then you protect one of our fundamental rights of speech. And someone who dislikes those who abuse its power.

“A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.” – Albert Campus

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