News and free speech

Authors: Richards, B.

Editors: Fowler-Watt, K. and Allan, S.

Pages: 349-367

Publisher: Bournemouth University

Place of Publication: Bournemouth, UK

ISBN: 978-1-910042-01-4


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.

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