Only 15 Percent of World Population Has Free Press
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  • Anthony

    WRM, I concur a free press is priceless and warrants defense; but the concept brings to mind fallacy of presumption in the lucky 16%: mass cultural communications a refinement of unheard of social ramification supports the cultural apparatus. The cultural apparatus maintains status quo (general special pleading function of press) – compared to other 84% press freedom undeniable (relatively speaking) but perhaps distorted comparatively.

  • Hubbub

    Do you suppose that the US government would like nothing better than to control the press? To some degree, it already does with a significant portion of the MSM, without overt governmental coercion, but with willful compliance on the part of a ‘free’ press.

    A ‘free’ press is of little value if it is in the pocket of the powers that be, for whatever reasons, and when it operates to the detriment of those it professes to serve, then it is of no civil value.

  • bob

    We still have a free internet, but the so-called “free press” was co-opted long ago. The MSM now only serves the narrow interests of the elite.

  • WigWag

    I can never remember; was it Mark Twain or A.J. Libeling who said the press is free only for those who own one?

  • Corlyss

    I’m with Hubbub.

    What’s the good of a free press if the media is so infatuated with the political leadership of one party (like the US) or so beholden to it for underwriting (like France snf likely other European states) that it really doesn’t criticize the leadership much if at all? Isn’t that effectively the same as not having a free press?

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