Free Press Today

Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through mediums including various electronic media and published materials. While such freedom mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state, its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections.

With respect to governmental information, any government may distinguish which materials are public or protected from disclosure to the public based on classification of information as sensitive, classified or secret and being otherwise protected from disclosure due to relevance of the information to protecting the national interest. Many governments are also subject to sunshine laws or freedom of information legislation that are used to define the ambit of national interest.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers"

This philosophy is usually accompanied by legislation ensuring various degrees of freedom of scientific research (known as scientific freedom), publishing, press and printing the depth to which these laws are entrenched in a country's legal system can go as far down as its constitution. The concept of freedom of speech is often covered by the same laws as freedom of the press, thereby giving equal treatment to spoken and published expression.

Source: Wikipedia

 

 

Libertad de Prensa

 

La libertad de prensa, sin ninguna duda, es un elemento central del derecho más amplio a la libertad de expresión. La prensa (en sus varias plataformas) juega un papel central al informar de forma contextualizada sobre los temas relevantes para todos los ciudadanos y ciudadanas, al agendar en debate público las cuestiones centrales para el desarrollo y la democracia, al actuar como “perro-guardián” de los gobiernos y otros actores.

Por eso, es fundamental que pueda ejercer su trabajo con libertad. Esta libertad está amenazada de muchas formas: censuras directas a través de leyes que no respetan los estándares internacionales, concentración de medios, violencia contra medios y periodistas, impunidad en los crímenes cometidos contra medios y periodistas, violencia digital, auto-censura, entre otras.

Fuente: unesco.org

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