Toward Limits on Diversity in Press Freedom

Walter Riker
University of West Georgia
Some argue that at least some non-liberal, non-democratic societies deserve fiill and good standing in the international community. These arguments imply that some divergence in understanding the role of the press is also justified and should be tolerated. But what are the limits of diversity here? I begin to find these limits by considering John Rawls's "decent" societies in the context of Amartya Sen's work on famine. Sen claims that a free press plays an important role in famine prevention. After giving an account of press rights, I argue that a partially free press can play the role Sen attributes to the free press. I then argue that decent societies could and should accommodate such partially free presses.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  press freedom  communication ethicss
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ISBN(s) 1077-1999
DOI 10.5840/pcw201421210
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