Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Andras Koltay, Peter Pazmany Catholic University, has published The Meaning of Freedom of the Press. Here is the abstract.
The fundamental right to the freedom of the press has frequently been relied upon, not only by legal professionals, but also in discourses involving any public figure. Defenders of the freedom of the press tend to construe this right as a set of obligations for the government (regulation) to stay away from certain matters. I shall present arguments in the following parts to support another interpretation, under which freedom of the press is a more complex right covering various important values, in addition to the undisturbed operation of journalists, editors, and media outlets. In the following section, I discuss the philosophical foundations of this fundamental right, hence references to specific legal or constitutional provisions will be rare.Download the paper from SSRN at the link.