Free Press Today

Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through mediums including various electronic media and published materials. While such freedom mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state, its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections. Examples of published materials in the North America are: The Washington Post, Usa Today, The Detroit Free Press, The Winnipeg Free Press and many others. In these publications you can find news about the world and cities like Washington, New York , Detroit or Winnipeg; news about sports - New York Yankees, Yankees score, Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Winnipeg Jets, Michigan State football, Ohio State football, NHL standings and, of course, the weather forecast and obituaries.


With respect to governmental information, any government may distinguish which materials are public or protected from disclosure to the public based on classification of information as sensitive, classified or secret and being otherwise protected from disclosure due to relevance of the information to protecting the national interest. Many governments are also subject to sunshine laws or freedom of information legislation that are used to define the ambit of national interest.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers"

This philosophy is usually accompanied by legislation ensuring various degrees of freedom of scientific research (known as scientific freedom), publishing, press and printing the depth to which these laws are entrenched in a country's legal system can go as far down as its constitution. The concept of freedom of speech is often covered by the same laws as freedom of the press, thereby giving equal treatment to spoken and published expression.

Source: Wikipedia


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