Freedom of the Press: Rights and Liberties under the Law

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Freedom of the Press: Rights and Liberties under the LaW examines the evolution of press freedom in America, a particularly relevant topic given the controversy over the role of the press in the war in Iraq, as well as the growing concentration of ownership of the press, and the impact of the Internet on traditional journalism. An opening analysis of challenges from recent developments like Internet journalist Matt Drudge's "Drudge Report" illustrates the opportunities and implications of a press operating without the traditional gate-keeping process.

A historical overview of philosophical ideas and English traditions precedes an exploration into the judicial, regulatory, social, political, and economic developments that have shaped press freedoms, addressing such issues as libel, free press versus fair trial, and access to courtrooms. A chapter is devoted to the impact of new communication and transmission technology such as videophones and satellites.

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"[A] well-done introduction to the underpinnings of press freedoms in the United States. . . . The unique layout and organization of the book make it a good starting point for readers unfamiliar with the topic. This title would be a useful addition to college or university collections serving undergraduates and to public library reference collections."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851094714
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/17/2004
  • Series: America's Freedoms Series
  • Pages: 355
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Origins and early developments 17
3 Twentieth-century issues 53
4 Twenty-first-century issues 157
5 Key people, cases, and events 205
6 Documents 237
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