The Importance of a Free Press

The recent phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World raised issues on power and freedom accorded to the press. Should the media be constrained? How shall they negotiate their role as the fourth estate? More importantly, for students to do well in such media related questions, further discussion is needed to unpack several key issues. This includes

  • how ‘free’ should the press be?
  • what is ‘the press’ in today’s world of new media?
  • can the media balance the pursuit of profit and responsibility?

The article and tuition materials have been sent to you for discussion.

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