ERIC Number: ED224012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Basic Law Guarantees Freedom of Opinion: Mass Media in the Federal Republic of Germany.
The Basic Law of Press Freedom in West Germany that forbids censorship in any form is the subject of this booklet. The first section defines freedom of opinion as a basic right and presents the relationship of the press to the state. The role and structure of radio and television are described in the second section, which stresses the independence and success of these two forms of media. After relating the history of the German press, the third section surveys its current state. The fourth section describes the training of journalists, while the final section discusses possible problems of the media and society, including too great a concentration of opinion because of press mergers, the problems of internal press freedom for journalists, and the coming of new technologies. This section also includes statistics on the state of the German media in 1980. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inter Nationes, Bonn (West Germany).
Identifiers: Journalism History; West Germany