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ERIC Number: ED309416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 42
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Freedom and the Growth of an Ethical Dimension in Journalism.
Merrill, John C.
To examine what freedom is and how it, in its many manifestations, may best be used to thrust journalism into more productive, progressive, and moral directions, this paper surveys the concepts of freedom and press freedom in Western thought from the eighteenth century to the present. After surveying the evolution of the concept of freedom, beginning with Aristotle, the paper examines perspectives on freedom of expression as given by classical defenders of the concept, concentrating especially on British and French Enlightenment spokesmen. Early American perspectives (of Jefferson and others) are surveyed next. The paper then gives an overview of some contemporary viewpoints, followed by a more specific discussion of press freedom as it impinges on journalism and journalistic thinking today. Sixty-three notes are included. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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