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Overview

This insightful book examines freedom of the press, the social functions of the press, and how the original concept of publicity—as the 'public use of reason,' or citizens' freedom to express and publish opinions—has been reduced to mean the right of media to access and print information. This, the author argues, unfairly gives media more freedom than individuals have and reduces the accountability and service of the press to the public. Splichal's thoughtful work includes discussions of the media-relevant theories and works of Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, and John Stuart Mill, among many others.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
This demanding, well-supported, and carefully documented argument requires very attentive reading. Recommended.
Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Raises some interesting issues regarding the conceptualization of freedom of the press.
Journal Of Communication
Splichal offers an insightful and richly illustrated historical account of modern-day understandings of press freedom and responsibility by tracing the liberal democratic ideal of news media as 'public watchdogs' and Habermas' ideal of news media as 'public forums' back to Jeremy Bentham's and Immanuel Kant's radically different conceptions of publicity.
CHOICE
This demanding, well-supported, and carefully documented argument requires very attentive reading. Recommended.
Monroe Price
Slavko Splichal's book is a thorough and brilliant rethinking, from philosophical and historical perspectives, of the basic meanings of press freedoms: why we have them, where we got them, and how they have been captured, redefined, and—in some cases—twisted in a modern Orwellian mode.
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
Raises some interesting issues regarding the conceptualization of freedom of the press.
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Meet the Author

Slavko Splichal is professor of mass communications and public opinion at the University of Ljubljana and director of the European Institute for Communication and Culture.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 In Search of the Roots: Deconstructing the Institution of Freedom of the Press 1
"Invention of Printing Is No Great Matter Compared with the Invention of Letters" 6
Freedom of Speech as a Privilege of Learned Men 17
Imposing "Functions" on the Media 27
2 Free Press for Social Control: From Bentham to American Pragmatists 35
The Idea of Separation of Powers and the Press 35
Publicity, Public Opinion Tribunal, and the Fourth Estate 42
Public Opinion and the Press as Means to Control Mass Behavior 63
3 Freedom to Reason, Right to Communicate 83
Liberty in Equality: Controversies on Rousseau's Censorial Tribunal 85
Right to Freedom: Kant's Principle of Publicity 94
Why Freedom of Enterprise Is Not a Species of Freedom of the Press: Marx 112
Liberty and Tolerance Aimed at Truth: Mill 128
From the Republic of Letters to the Public of Letters to the Editor 163
References 203
Index 213
About the Author 229
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