ERIC Number: ED191023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The People's Right to Know: First Amendment Given?
Everett, Cindy J. B.
The foundations of the public's right to know what the government is doing and the limitations placed on that right are explored in this paper. The role of the press in furthering the people's right to know is also discussed. Sections in the paper deal with the following topics: (1) general and historical thought on the right to know; (2) the foundation of the right to know; (3) limitations on the right to know and the role of the press; (4) balancing public interests and government legislation; (5) the right of privacy and the right to know; and (6) implications of the right to know. The conclusion reached is that the right to know is generally recognized as one of the basic rights of society in the United States, whether as a First Amendment right or not, and that caution should be taken before the courts become involved in determining what the public does not have a right to know or in placing prior restraint on that right. (MKM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Right to Know
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 9-13, 1980).