Saturday 3 December 2016

GSOC must not intrude on freedom of the press

Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30

GSOC buildings in Dublin
GSOC buildings in Dublin

The First Amendment to the American Constitution reads, in part, "Congress shall make no law… abridging the Freedom of Speech, or of the press."

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Generations of lawyers have subsequently fought to determine whether the framers of the constitution meant to differentiate press freedom from general speech freedom.

The truth is that they are pretty much inseparable: any restraint on one is an attack on the other. In order to fulfil their essential democratic role in questioning and holding to account those in positions of power, journalists must enjoy this freedom.

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