The Structural Attributes of Press Freedom: Private Ownership, Public Orientation, and Editorial Independence

JOURNALISM AND THE DEBATE OVER PRIVACY, 2003

Posted: 10 Nov 2003

Abstract

The paper explores various manifestations of the public/private distinction in the context of freedom of the press, identifying content-neutral attributes of private ownership, private editorial judgment, public audience, and public orientation that serve as structural premises of press freedom, and then applies these ideas to the interests in privacy reflected in the privacy tort and newsgathering.

Keywords: Press freedom, freedom of speech, constitutional law, first amendment, privacy, intrusion, newsgathering

Suggested Citation

Bezanson, Randall P., The Structural Attributes of Press Freedom: Private Ownership, Public Orientation, and Editorial Independence. JOURNALISM AND THE DEBATE OVER PRIVACY, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=439002

Randall P. Bezanson (Contact Author)

University of Iowa College of Law ( email )

Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States
319-335-9171 (Phone)
319-335-9098 (Fax)

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