Free Expression

Held, Virginia
September 1984
Society;Sep/Oct84, Vol. 21 Issue 6, p49
Academic Journal
This article discusses different segments of freedom of expression, particularly the right of the press to gather news and the right of persons to express themselves through speech in the U.S. Many of the issues related to press responsibility should be approached through the development of professional norms for those who work in journalism and broadcasting. The rights of reporters to have access to information in such ways as the Freedom of Information Act provides derive from citizens' rights to know. The press has a responsibility to inform and enlighten because of the rights of citizens to be informed and enlightened by a responsible press. Citizens have a right to know what their government is doing. Their right to know is linked to their right to participate in self-government.


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