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Freedom from the Press

William Miller, Annis‐May Timpson and Michael Lessnoff

in Elitism, Populism, and European Politics

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280354
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599422 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280351.003.0004
 Freedom from the Press

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The relationship between press freedom, individual liberty, and democracy is somewhat ambiguous. Bias, censorship, and sensational or intrusive reporting arouse special concern. A survey of broadly conceived elite opinion in Britain shows that they trust TV and radio more than the press; educated and political elites were more committed to press freedom than the general public in matters of government secrecy; the left are far less willing to ban publication of government secrets but more willing to ban publication in matters of sensational or intrusive reporting into private lives. Elites are more intolerant than the public only towards racial or religious incitement.

Keywords: bias; censorship; elite opinion; government secrecy; incitement; intolerance; intrusive reporting; press freedom

Chapter.  7655 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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