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Regulating the Press
     

Regulating the Press

by Tom O'Malley, Clive Soley
 
A free press is the cornerstone of democracy. But how free is the press in a world of converging technologies and cross-media ownership, where in fact the press is closely controlled and regulated by media moguls in the interests of very specific corporate agendas? And how can the claims of a free press be reconciled with the ever more frequent media abuses of

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A free press is the cornerstone of democracy. But how free is the press in a world of converging technologies and cross-media ownership, where in fact the press is closely controlled and regulated by media moguls in the interests of very specific corporate agendas? And how can the claims of a free press be reconciled with the ever more frequent media abuses of invasion of privacy, jingoism, misrepresentation and propaganda?Clive Soley and Tom O'Malley disentangle the facts of the matter from the self-serving half-truths and evasions of the bitter debate over press regulation, setting the issues in their historical context and exposing the numerous claims and counterclaims to close critical scrutiny. Focusing on issues of principle such as accuracy, misrepresentation and privacy, they re-examine the ways in which debates over press freedom versus regulation illuminate the fundamental conflicts between a fully accountable press and the economic imperatives of a so-called free market economy.

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Free Press
'Regulating the Pres' is both a history of the Press Council and Press Complaints Commission and an analysis of the issues involved in press regulation. As rich in historical details as it is lucid in its arguments, it succeeds admirably on both counts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745311975
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
11/20/2000
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
1.11(w) x 1.11(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author


Philip Hammond is senior lecturer in Media Studies at South Bank University. He has written on media coverage and the Kosovo war for the Independent, The Times and Broadcast. He was consultant on Counterblast: Against the War (BBC2 TV).

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