The Meaning of Freedom of the Press: A Legal and Philosophical Approach

András Koltay

Peter Pazmany Catholic University; Hungarian Academy of Sciences

June 30, 2012

The fundamental right to the freedom of the press has frequently been relied upon, not only by legal professionals, but also in discourses involving any public figure. Defenders of the freedom of the press tend to construe this right as a set of obligations for the government (regulation) to stay away from certain matters. This paper presents arguments to support a slightily different interpretation, under which freedom of the press is a more complex right covering various important values, in addition to the undisturbed operation of journalists, editors, and media outlets. The paper discusses the philosophical foundations of this fundamental right.

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Keywords: Freedom of the press, Freedom of speech

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Date posted: September 30, 2012 ; Last revised: February 17, 2013

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Koltay, András, The Meaning of Freedom of the Press: A Legal and Philosophical Approach (June 30, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2154596 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2154596

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