“Freedom of the press is one of the main mechanisms to establish democracy in one country”.Discuss


The press has a vital role to participate[1] in the society[2]. It can shape public view and as such it has to be careful is every way. In a democracy the compress has to cooperate a constructive[3] role.

Newspapers are the main resource of information to people. They tell them what is leaving on around in the world. In this course they make their own observations on men and matters. In doing so they have to be neutral and impartial. The press should do exercises great self restraint in reporting insightful matters. It should write nobody that disturbs peace. Newspapers should not at all support a wrong reason.

Our establishment guarantees freedom of press. A free press is the indication of a free society. The main liability of the newspapers is to carry out facts and put them before the public. For this objectivity in reporting is essential. The press should uphold certain helpful values that create a healthy society. It should, through its clarification, enable the public to form the true way of thinking. The press is supposed to not be afraid of differing the wrong[4].

In a democratic set up the press can act as a overpass between the rule and the people. It can gather public belief and bring it to the notice of the establishment. Similarly it can also let people identify what the government think or does. Often in a social equality the newspapers champion the cause of the unrestricted. They be not afraid of criticize the rules. This provides the governments an chance to correct their lapses.

In India the press is using its freedom for positive purposes[5]. By and large the media[6] are unbiased. Many unseen undisclosed has been unearthed by the newspapers. Belongings[7] like the issue came to glow only because of newspapers. Of late investigative reporting has gained momentum. Many shady behaviors of men in power are being brought to illumination.

Unfortunately this freedom is from time to time distorted. Some newspapers have vested interests. They spread rumors and present indistinct version of things. This may revive passions in the society. There are newspapers that increase communal hatred. In our fatherland newspapers are owned by big businessmen. They project their own views in the journalists which may have harmful special effects. This predisposition has to be checked. No newspaper should be allowed to write anything that affects the peace of society. Only then liberty of press has any sense.

The right to the freedom[8] of speech/expression, as well as the liberty[9] of the press, as a result of this right, represents basic values of the modern pluralist equality. Without them, many of the progresses achieved in the contemporary world couldn’t be possible. That is why all these privileges must be secured.

However, these rights that were hard to acquire in the hard process of democracy’s delivery, are nowadays rudely exercised in subtle forms by one of their major recipient which should have been one of their key defenders: the press-media.

Social democracy states that the freedom of the press, as well as the freedom of expression, is essential for the guard and development of democracy. The understanding of the last decade in Central Europe, for example, shows that press media served decisively in the creation of the civil society and in censuring the strict trends of some politicians or party. Also, it corrected and continues to correct, the excesses, negligence’s and organization errors in the countries with a consolidated democracy. Without the liberty of expression, and thus with no the freedom of mass media, a democracy cannot be conceived. A free press on occasion makes difficult a free government’s life or the life of public personalities; it forever makes a autocracy impossible.

The right to freedom of speech and expression

Concepts of freedom of speech can be establishing[10] in early human rights papers. England’s Bill of Rights 1689 granted ‘freedom of language in legislature and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, adopt during the French Revolution[11] in 1789, specifically avowed liberty of speech as an not able to be forfeited right. The Declaration provides for freedom of expression, which state that:

“The free announcement of ideas and opinions[12] is one of the most costly of the rights of man. Every citizen may, as a result, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be to blame[13] for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.

Everyone has the right to independence of opinion and expression; this right include freedom to clasp opinions without intervention and to seek, receive and impart in turn and ideas through any media and despite of frontiers.

  • the right to seek in sequence and ideas;
  • the right to receive in turn and ideas;
  • the right to impart in rank and ideas.

International, regional and nationwide standards also recognize that freedom of dialogue, as the freedom of expression, includes any medium, be it orally, in on paper, in print, through the Internet or from side to side art forms. This means that the protection of autonomy of speech as a right include not only the content, but also the means of phrase.

  Social interaction and community

Richard Moon has urban the argument[14] that the value of freedom of speech and liberty of expression lies with social communications. Moon writes that “by communicating an individual forms associations and associations with others – family, friends, co-worker, church congregation, and countrymen. By entering into discussion with others an individual participate in the expansion of acquaintance and in the direction of the community.

  Freedom of speech, dissent and truth

 Before the creation of the printing press a writing, once formed, could only be physically multiply by the highly laborious and error-prone process of manual repetition out and an complicated system of censorship and be in charge of over scribes existed. print allowed for numerous exact copies of a work, leading to a more rapid and prevalent circulation of ideas and in sequence. The origins of copyright law in most European countries lie in labors by the Roman Catholic Church and government to normalize and control the amount produced. The Index Expurgatorial is the most famous and long lasting example of “bad books” catalogues issued by the Roman Catholic Church, which assumed accountability to control judgment and opinions, and suppressed views that went touching its doctrines. The Index Expurgatorial was administer by the Roman, but enforced by local direction powers that be, and went through 300 editions. among others it banned or censored books written many writer. While governments and church positive printing in many ways since it allowed for the promulgation of Bibles and government in sequence, works of dispute and criticism could also move speedily. As a consequence, government established joystick over printers across Europe, have need of them to have official authorize to trade and manufacture books.                                                                                            


According to the Freedom discussion Organization[15], legal systems, and humanity[16] at large, recognize limits on the freedom of speech[17], predominantly when freedom of speech conflict with other values or human rights. Limitations to freedom of speech may pursue the “harm principle” or the “offense standard”, for example in the crate of pornographyreligious belief or hate speechLimitations to freedom of speech may crop up from beginning to end legal sanction or social disapprobation, or both.

In On Liberty and John Stuart Mill[18] argued that “there ought to subsist the fullest freedom of professing and discussing, as a matter of ethical assurance, any doctrine, however corrupt it may be well thought-out. Mill argues that the fullest freedom of expression is required to push urging to their unfailing limits, rather than the limits of shared humiliation. However, Mill also introduced what is identified as the harm principle, in introduction the following limitation on free expression. the only point for which power can be correctly exercised over any member of a civilized society, against his will, is to put off harm to others.

In 1985 Joel Feinberg introduced what is known as the offence principle. Arguing that Mill’s harm standard does not provide sufficient protection against the unlawful behaviors of others. Feinberg wrote “It is always a good grounds in support of a future criminal prohibition that it would probably be an helpful way of preventing serious offense to personnel other than the actor, and that it is most likely a necessary resources to that end. Hence Feinberg argues that the harm standard sets the bar too high and that some forms of face can be legitimately prohibited by law since they are very offensive. But, as aberrant someone is less serious than harming someone, the penalties imposed should be superior for cause harm. In contrast Mill does not support legal penalties if not they are based on the harm principle[19]. since the degree to which people may take wrongdoing varies, or may be the result of unfounded prejudice, Feinberg suggests that a number of factor need to be taken into explanation when applying the wrongdoing principle, including: the extent, duration and social value of the speech, the ease with which it can be avoided, the motives of the narrator, the number of people offended, the intensity of the evil doing, and the general interest of the population at large

  The Crisis of Contemporary Democracy

In the circumstance of these statements[20] it must though be noticed that democratic[21] state is passing, at present, through a crisis of enlargement and of version to the new contemporary world reality. The causes of this crisis are: the scantiness of the mechanism of the democracy developed in the national situation to the conditions of globalizations; the happening, in the context of evolving globalization, of social communities who, fearing they spirit not be able to adapt to the new conditions, are insightful to the populist and national-populist significance; iii. the failing of the credibility and even of the good organization of democracy’s classic mechanisms because of the lack of clearness, commercialization of the supporting action. As for the third cause, it must be underline that the invasion of the independent exercise by the methods of the commercial promotion and the development of “show state” led to the wider severance of society from the supporting field and of the supremacy from the truth. This fact is expressed by the low turnout at the elections, the civic non-intervention and the cynical views of the community actors. In respect of all these three causes, mass medium has an immense responsibility and an indispensable role to play.

 Responsibilities of press Media in the Crisis of Democracy

Press media has some everyday jobs as far as the crisis of the democratic system is concerned. This is related at least to the following aspects:

  • Press media makes it probable the appearance and the development of the “political show”. Electoralism means the joy of the elections’ magnitude, not as a method for the consultation of the people entitled to vote in order to identify its aspiration and expectations, but only as a process of seizing the power. The power lacking a mandate about the application of a clear course is, though, a power that cannot be exercise. On intermediate and long term, such a influence alienates the people entitled to vote; as it creates the feeling the voters have no control over politicians.
  • Press media might create as well, false personalities and obliterate real personalities. It might impose doubtful political groups and hide compromise truths, inventing, at the same time, mock crises.
  • Press media sometimes could determine the expenditure of important amounts of money in campaign that might confuse the normal people and, thus, might in point of fact encourage corruption.
  • Press media, in a number of cases, distort reality and induces distrust, disbelief, distrust and an inclination towards separation and violence in society from first to last its mainly conflictual approaches and its search for the feeling.

It is always very troubling when mass media tries to settle on the issues on the public agenda. Often synthetically and without any family member with the citizens’ real agenda and the priority recommended by the common reality press media attempts to institute political priorities. This fact can be explain, among others, by the covert links between mass media and the great countrywide or global corporation. In such cases, although introduce itself as in lieu of a public interest, mass media actually represents the private welfare. This condition can lead to manipulations of the public belief in the direction much loved by the private financial sponsors, who are looking for some bazaar advantages or monetary gains. Therefore, the social-democracy must state that the liberty of the press is not condensed to its independence in relative to the public power, but it must also include its self-determination in relation to the secretive interests.

On the other hand, the appearance of media monopolies creates the grounds of reducing the number of options accessible to the citizen and the opportunity of his subtle handling. The quality of in sequence decrease and the peril of disorienting the citizen increases, as the very laws of rivalry on the free market are not protecting the press consumer any longer. These resources, at the same time, the decrease in the quality of democratic organization.

  Remedies to the present situation

All these negative phenomenon[22] – ever more severe as globalization[23] advances and the press conveys events occurrence at long distance, events that the handset cannot check directly – should lead to the gratitude, besides the right to free in sequence[24], to the freedom of expression and the liberty of the press, of a citizen’s right to accurate in order. In light of such a right, social democrats should carry the following:

  • The recognition of the fact that the activity of the press is an activity of public interest and, therefore, it must be carried out in accordance with some trained norms, at the level of some deontological morals and under a specific communal control. Political institutions that are parts of the legislative or parliamentary systems, though, may not exercise such a organize. Only the judicial courts and the public society may do it.
  • The recognition of an human being right of recourse to a knowledgeable court for each person having a genuine interest[25] in a correct information[26].
  • The adoption of special regulations about the fight against the clash of interests in the field of press media. According to these regulations, the goods or co-property, as well as the participation in the management of some media instruments by folks who are active in the political life or by those who are owner or majoritary shareholders in marketable society of another profile, among others, should be banish.
  • The adoption of special anti-trust laws for the media institution. To this point, the media trusts holding a television or radio station with a countrywide audience would be not allowed to own national papers, or vice versa. Also, any cartelization or marketable or editorial policy ententes settled by several media institution should be not allowed. The conventions according to which a press establishment will not criticize the site of another or will not denounce the in sequence errors of another will be well thought-out fully void.
  • The adoption of policy regarding the obligation of a previous  scrutiny of the news by consulting before the news are available, all those interested, as well as the responsibility of granting the right to reply for all those who by doing that can preserve their good name or can defend other rightful interests. Through the same regulations the right space to yourself for public personalities and for other citizens, as well as the means of defending this specific right, would be defined. The sense of balance stuck between the freedom of access to information, the right to a free expression of opinion and the assistance of doubt should be well-known[27] through extraordinary norms, as well.
  • The organization of professional institution[28] of journalists and the espousal of Deontological Codes of the mass media. The breach of the duties traditional by such codes could be certified by special “press tribunal” formed by the journalists themselves, which, upon the inquiry of the application laid by concerned people, could apply moral, professional or pecuniary sanction, according to all case.
  • The institution at the international level and by the worldwide institution, of international professional and deontological principles in this field, such as to avoid the subjectivity always emerging from the internal political competition.

By endorsing such measures, at the identical time with events aiming at defending the freedom of the press, the mass media will contribute to the essential development of “democratizing democracy”, a process that is needed in the context of globalization and of the crisis that the conventional democratic mechanism are facing.                                                                                                        


Evolutionary scientists have well-known that the most distinctive facet of human beings is their capacity for difficult language, though it is still not clear when this capacity urban. The development of the first written speech is improved unspoken, with the first known examples living being Sumerian, which was a cuneiform dialogue used in southern Mesopotamia, and Egyptian hieroglyphics. Both written languages coincide with the rise of the earliest human civilizations.

The essence of autonomy of expression, of course, is not the accurate to insult the thinking of others, but rather the freedom to report or convey facts, opinions, philosophies, and worldviews in an effective manner, using both objective and subjective means. Freedom of appearance empowers citizens from beginning to end knowledge, opinion, and the opportunity to gain their own voice. Within democracies, free face allows citizens to brave political leaders, journalists to uncover information for the public, and the free to ensure the answerability of their regime. Without the morality of a free media and free speech, there could be no sovereignty.


  1. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Office of the amalgamated Nations High Commissioner for person Rights, adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by UN General Assembly declaration 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966, entry into energy 23 March 1976
  2. Using Courts to together the not free Speech Provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Australia & Oceania – Australia & New Zealand from All Business…
  3. Smithy, Davidv (2006-02-05). “Timeline: a history of free speech”The custodian (London). Retrieve 2010-05-02.
  4.  “Timeline: a history of free speech” The Guardian. march 5, 2005.
  5.  HRCR.org
  6. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  7. Andrew Puddephatt, Freedom of Expression, The essentials of being being Rights, Hotter Arnold, 2005, pg.128
  8. Brett, Sebastian (1999). Limits to tolerance: freedom of expression and the public non debate in Chile. Individual constitutional rights Watch. pp. xxv.ISCBN 9781560984321923.
  9. Sanders, Karen (2003). Ethics & Journalism. Sage. pp. 68.ISBN 9780761969679.

10. The Guardian. February 5, 2006.

11. Raaflaub, Kurt; Oberg, Josiah; Wallace, Robert (2007). Origins of democracy in ancient GreeceUniversity of California Press. p. 65. ISBN 0520245628

12. Boiardo, Marcel A. (July 1980). “On the Probable pressure of Islam on Western communal and International Law”. global Journal of Middle East study 11 (4): 429–50

[1] Participate: it can shape public view and as such it has to be careful is every way

[2] Society: need to take action.

[3] Constructive: depend on the way they build it.

[4] Wrong: sometime is misused by people.

[5] Purposes: its is betterment for the society.

[6] Media: sometime media use their power wrong way.

[7] Belongings: That is why all these privileges must be secured.

[8] Freedom: its important to everybody

[9] Liberty: anther important thing.



[11] Revolution: The way thing changed

[12] Opinions: this is vey important. it is other way to exchange their feeling.

[13] Rule of law: in 1968 there is many law provide by media.

[14] Argument: the argument between press and media.

[15] Democracy is a set of principles and practices that protect human freedom; it is the institutionalization of freedom

[16] One of the most basic signposts of a democracy is citizen participation in government.

[17] Societies emphasize the principle that all people are equal. Equality means that all individuals are valued equally

[18] John Stuart Mill: there ought to subsist the fullest freedom of professing and discussing.

[19] Principle : there is some rules and regulation set by government.

[20] Statements: Government and press come up with a statement.

[21] Democratic: in democratic every has the same equal of right.

[22] This is the regulation of the press.

[23] It will be globalization every country have this right.

[24] Sequence: there is a sequence of the freedom of press

[25] Interest: its is the interest of the normal people.

[26] Information: general people have the right to know about what happened in the country.