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Journalism & Communication
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STUDENT PRESS FREEDOM (A reflection paper) Name of Student (author) Name of University Introduction The freedom of the press, similar to the freedom of religion, is a sacrosanct freedom and is enshrined in the Constitution as the First Amendment. This precedence among amendments is to show how important these freedoms are to a fully-functioning democracy.
The freedom of the press is quite vast, such that a few politicians have referred to the public press as the fourth estate, essentially conferring on it the same degree of importance and significance as the other three branches of the government. It can conduct its own inquiries in search of truth, in the name of public interest, like investigative journalism in which certain anomalies involving public funds can be uncovered, as an example. Discussion Freedom of the press carries with it vast powers but imposes the strict standards of ethics and principles adopted by the members of the press who consider their job as a profession. As such, the press refers originally to previous regimes in which news and information are obtained from newspapers, but in today's digital world, press also refers to all types of media available, like print, radio, television, and Internet (e-mails, blogs, and social networking sites) where information can spread very quickly indeed on a worldwide basis. The right to exercise this freedom is synonymous with all the responsibilities to exercise it in a responsible manner, to prevent abuses, promote welfare, and maintain journalistic independence (Brown, 2011, p. 16). ...
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