Press Freedoms: A Descriptive Calendar of Concepts, Interpretations, Events, and Court Actions, from 4000 B.C. to the Present

Press Freedoms: A Descriptive Calendar of Concepts, Interpretations, Events, and Court Actions, from 4000 B.C. to the Present

Press Freedoms: A Descriptive Calendar of Concepts, Interpretations, Events, and Court Actions, from 4000 B.C. to the Present

Press Freedoms: A Descriptive Calendar of Concepts, Interpretations, Events, and Court Actions, from 4000 B.C. to the Present

Synopsis

This interesting and unusual work examines the events, concepts, and interpretations that led to the emergence of the idea of freedom of the press in the United States and to the recognition of the concept of a free press in more than 100 other countries. The calendar extends from the year 4000 BC to the present and chronicles the historical progress of freedom of the press, involving thousands of persons and thousands of publishing and media efforts, including newspapers, books, pamphlets, radio, television, and motion pictures.

Excerpt

This reference volume on Press Freedoms has been several years in the making. It results from a lifelong concern for a free press and from lengthy study of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This calendar of concepts, interpretations, events, and court actions from earliest times to the present has been prepared so that readers may have a further understanding of what a free press involves. This record of thousands of pertinent pieces of information has been compiled so that readers may appreciate the many aspects of press freedoms more thoroughly.

Press Freedoms has attempted to find and report the many concepts, viewpoints, and events having had considerable impact on creating freedom of the press. Both proponent and antagonist views and efforts are presented. American, European, Asian, South American, African, and Australian actions, events, and court decisions are presented. the book presents in chronological order, the origin, growth, and status of the free press world-wide.

National interest in the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution from 1987 to 1989 should foster a renewed interest in basic concepts such as freedom of the press. the bicentennial of the First Amendment on December 15, 1991, is a significant time to give detailed attention to defining what press freedoms mean.

This volume has grown out of an interest in the intriguing history of an emerging free press and in the entangled relationships in strivings and beliefs in all parts of the world. This reference seemed important to develop since so few sources really explore the development of freedom of the press as a concept in any depth and in practical terms.

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