Social responsibility and the freedom of the press

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The freedom of the press is a necessity to ensure public debate, a debate which
secures the emergence of truth for the better good of all. The importance attributed to
this argument is reflected in European constitutions. Since the French Revolution the
freedom of the press has figured prominently in every democratic constitution. The
understanding of the concept is important in defining journalism as a profession and
its role in a democratic society. The importance for western democracies of a clear
conception of what freedom of the press entails has increased in recent decades, as
previously socially, culturally and ethnically homogeneous societies have become
multicultural. The concept plays a key role in well recorded international cases such as
the report of Aftonbladed in Sweden on the Israeli army stealing organs of Palestinian
victims and of the Danish Mohamed Cartoons. However, as demonstrated in this
paper by an examination of data on Icelandic reporting compiled for the Althingi
Investigative Committee, the term also contributes to the understanding of more
systemic issues such as why the Icelandic media did not critically report what was
going on prior to the collapse of the banks in the fall of 2008.
Upprunalegt tungumálÍslenska
Titill gistiútgáfuRannsóknir í félagsvísindum XI
Undirtitill gistiútgáfuErindi flutt á ráðstefnu í október 2010
RitstjórarHelga Ólafs, Hulda Proppé
ÚtgefandiHáskóli Íslands
Síður198-204
Síðufjöldi7
ISBN-númer (rafrænt)978-9935-424-02-0
ÚtgáfustaðaÚtgefið - 2010
ViðburðurÞjóðarspegillinn 2010 - Reykjavík, Ísland
Tímalengd: 29 okt. 201029 okt. 2010

Ritröð

NafnRannsóknir í félagsvísindum
ÚtgefandiFélagsvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands
BindiXI

Ráðstefna

RáðstefnaÞjóðarspegillinn 2010
Land/YfirráðasvæðiÍsland
Borg/bærReykjavík
Tímabil29/10/1029/10/10

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