Media Accountability and Freedom of Publication

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What are the media's responsibilities? To whom are they accountable? Are they increasingly growing out of control? In the twenty-first century, our mass media are becoming more powerful and more difficult to hold to account, and attempts at control to prevent harm or make media more responsible are often viewed as infringements of market and media freedom. In this stimulating new study, Denis McQuail argues that freedom and accountability are not incompatible and shows ways forward to greater responsibility.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198742517
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis McQuail began his career in the Granada Television Research Unit at the University of Leeds. He then taught at Southampton University before taking the Chair of Mass Communication at the University of Amsterdam. He has held visiting posts at a number of American and European universities. He is currently an Editor of the European Journal of Communication, and his publications include: Media Performance: Mass Communication and the Public Interest (Sage 1992). Media Policy (Sage 1998), Mass Communication Theory (Sage 2000, now in its 4th edition).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Context
1 Accountability for Publication in the Information Age 3
2 The Rise of the Media as Responsible Actor 21
Pt. II Normative Theory of Media
3 Publication and the Public Interest: The Source of Media Responsibilities 45
4 From Communication Values to Criteria of Performance 68
Pt. III Governance and Public Roles of the Media
5 The Governance of the Media: Issues and Forms 91
6 The Responsibilities of the Media: Alternative Perspectives 119
7 On the Media as Cause 139
Pt. IV Theory of Media, Freedom, and Accountability
8 Freedom and Accountability 167
9 Responsibility and Accountability: Conceptual Distinctions 189
10 A Framework of Assessment 209
Pt. V Ways and Means of Accountability
11 The Media Market 231
12 Media Law and Regulation 251
13 Alternative to Law and the Market 270
Pt. VI Drawing Conclusions
14 Lessons from Accountability Theory 297
15 Policy Implications 316
Bibliography 341
Index 361
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