News and free speech
Authors: Richards, B.
Editors: Fowler-Watt, K. and Allan, S.
Publisher: Bournemouth University
Place of Publication: Bournemouth, UK
While freedom the press from state censorship is a crucial component of free speech, this essay draws attention to other threats to freedom of speech in contemporary liberal democracies: from corporate interests, from the subtle censorship embedded in journalistic practices such as 'framing', and - more recently and most threateningly - from extremist vigilantes. It offers a case study of an invited UK television appearance by a 'Far Right' politician as a way of examining the complex tensions in journalistic responsibilities to preserve freedom of speech.