David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Journal of Mass Media Ethics 14 (4):197 – 212 (1999)
The people's right to know and press rights to gather and publish information remain dominant justifications for controversial media activities. Yet, the power of the media to set the agenda for public discourse in our country warrants a careful analysis of these rights, their corresponding responsibilities, and their moral limits. This article examines the right to know and press freedom from the perspective of their shared purpose, facilitation of informed decision making. This article also demonstrates moral justification of limits on right to know and press freedom based on traditional ethics theories and media impact on public discourse.
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H. Eugene Goodwin (1983). Groping for Ethics in Journalism. Iowa State University Press.
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John Calhoun Merrill (1974/1990). The Imperative of Freedom: A Philosophy of Journalistic Autonomy. Freedom House.
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Tsuriel Rashi (2009). The Public's Right to Know in Liberal-Democratic Thought Vs. The People's 'Obligation to Know' in Hebrew Law. Empedocles 1 (1):91-105.
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