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The Case for Press Freedom as a Human Right

  • Wiebke LamerEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter addresses the relationship between press freedom and freedom of expression. It makes the case that press freedom matters as a right in itself due to its government oversight capacity, and that the right to freedom of expression is in fact meaningless without a free press, or the Fourth Estate. Since the free press fulfills several vital political and social functions, while also having access to a mass audience, it has a powerful influence on the government–citizen relationship. The chapter also highlights the importance of press freedom for promoting and protecting human rights.

Keywords

Press freedom Freedom of expression Fourth Estate Human rights 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)VeniceItaly

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