Media Freedom and Political Debate in the Digital Era

25 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2006

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Jacob H. Rowbottom

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Abstract

This article examines the impact of online expression on theories of media freedom. While media freedom has generally been justified instrumentally, the opportunities for expression via the Internet may require greater emphasis on the interests of the individual speaker. Despite this development, this article shows how a small number of speakers will still command a much wider audience and have greater influence over political debate. For such speakers the approach to media freedom devised in the mass media era will remain applicable.

Suggested Citation

Rowbottom, Jacob H., Media Freedom and Political Debate in the Digital Era. Modern Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 4, pp. 489-513, July 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=913119 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2230.2006.00597.x

Jacob H. Rowbottom (Contact Author)

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