Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SocietyMassCom: Journalism: Key Principles (W9-P1) Fa17

We’ve discussed previously the relationship between government and the news media.

What does the U.S. Constitution say about that relationship?

The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees freedom of press.

First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Let’s dive a little deeper on the freedom of the press.  In the video below pay close attention to the freedom of press, prior restraint/censorship, libel and the Pentagon Papers.
Freedom of the Press: Crash Course Government and Politics

Freedom of Press: “the right to publish newspapers, magazines, and other printed matter without governmental restriction and subject only to the laws of libel, obscenity, sedition, etc.” (Dictionary.com).

What government agency is charged, in part, with protecting the freedom of press?

Federal Communications Commission (FCC): “an independent agency of the United States government created … to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable” (Wikipedia).

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