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This review is from: There is No Such Thing as a Free Press: .and We Need One More Than Ever (Societas) (Paperback)
Sets the current furore over tabloid press abuses in a historical context and in doing so charts the long struggle for press freedom. Hume views the historical struggle for a free press as inseparable from the struggle for greater democracy and rights. Freedom of expression is enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. constitution which prohibits any law infringing the freedom of the press. Freedom of expression and free speech are considered, across the Atlantic at least, as the bedrock of liberty. Yet in Britain the furore over the tabloid press is being used as a cover for creeping legislation to stifle and erode freedom of expression. Hume explains how the 'Leveson Inquisition' represents a full frontal assault on press freedom. A fundamental democratic principle is in danger of being undermined and tossed aside in the clamour to bash the tabloids.