Left or Right, Reactionary Anti-Liberal Media Are Worth Closer Study

George, Cherian. 2023. ‘Left or Right, Reactionary Anti-Liberal Media Are Worth Closer Study’. Journalism & Communication Monographs 25 (4): 365–69. https://doi.org/10.1177/15226379231201457

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Cherian George

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) - School of Communication; AcademiaSG

Date Written: November 1, 2023

Abstract

A free press that undermines the freedom of others is part of a larger paradox: Democracy is for the people, but not all the people are for democracy. Similarly, the hallowed liberal institution of the Fourth Estate includes anti-liberal media. Situating these media in a mainstream/alternative frame or on a left/right spectrum does not adequately capture what may be their most interesting characteristic: Some of these media outlets are actively engaged in attacks on press freedom. Comparative research can help us understand the impact of these ideological guardians under different legal and political systems. In a world plagued by polarization and intolerance, this is a variant of professional norms that may be all too common and is unlikely to go away.

Keywords: journalism, illiberalism, authoritarian populism, press freedom

Suggested Citation

George, Cherian, Left or Right, Reactionary Anti-Liberal Media Are Worth Closer Study (November 1, 2023). George, Cherian. 2023. ‘Left or Right, Reactionary Anti-Liberal Media Are Worth Closer Study’. Journalism & Communication Monographs 25 (4): 365–69. https://doi.org/10.1177/15226379231201457, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4692480 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4692480

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