Freedom of the Press in the United States
PRESS LAW IN MODERN DEMOCRACIES, P. Lahav, ed., Longman Press, 1985
70 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2010
Date Written: January 1, 1985
This essay stressed that many basic questions about the press in the United States are not resolved, and some are still to be addressed. It emphasized the gap or chasm between the bold commitment to a robust and free press and the somewhat drearier reality of newspaper life today. While there is no typical newspaper, there is a growing trend toward single-newspaper communities. The publisher is often an absentee owner of a chain of newspapers. Reporters and editors frequently enjoy special, cozy relationships with those who are powerful or well-connected. At times, there is a significant gap between the demands of courageous journalism and the limited way in which the law actually protects reporters and editors.
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