Saturday, March 14, 2020

Is Freedom Of The Press Necessary?

When we think of freedom, we are apt to confine ourselves to freedom of the press. But this is because the press is telling us 24/7 that their freedom, and only their freedom, is a necessary condition for everyone’s freedom. They happily campaign for all sorts of restrictions on almost every other industry and on the general public, but they themselves want to enjoy an absolute freedom of speech; they want to be free to propagandize any kind of views, right or wrong, rational or irrational. Their attitude is indefensible. I no longer see freedom of press as a necessary condition for freedom in society—the press in most advanced democracies functions as a tool for spreading false propaganda to brainwash the gullible sections of society.

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