World 'divided' on press freedom

World opinion is divided on the importance of having a free press, according to a poll conducted for the BBC World Service. Of those interviewed, 56% thought that freedom of the press was very important to ensure a free society. But 40% said it was more important to maintain social harmony and peace, even if it meant curbing the press's freedom to report news truthfully. Pollsters interviewed 11,344 people in 14 countries for the survey. Could it be that in the future people will abandon the ideal of freedom and enjoy living in totalitarian regimes as long as peace and order are guaranteed? Tomáš J. Fülöpp

2007-12-10

 democracy censorship press journalism freedom totalitarian regime

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