The Case for Press Freedom as a Human Right

  • Wiebke LamerEmail author


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.


Press freedom Freedom of expression Fourth Estate Human rights 


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

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