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Freedom of Speech and the Press

Human Rights
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the concepts of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. We will address the definition of both concepts and their history and development, as well as their relationship with the political systems of a country and their limitations. Lastly, we will look at the impact of new technologies on freedom, namely satellite television and the internet.

Course Content

1. Freedom of speech

  a) What is freedom of speech?

  b) History and development

  c) Relationship with democratic systems

  d) Limitations

  e) Internet censorship

2. Freedom of the press

  a) What is freedom of the press?

  b) Status of press freedom worldwide

  i) Democratic states

  ii) Non-democratic states

  c) History and development

  d) The impact of new technologies

  i) Satellite television

  ii) Internet


C. Edwin Baker - Human Liberty and Freedom of Speech - Oxford University Press, USA (1992)

Harry Melkonian - Freedom of Speech and Society_ A Social Approach to Freedom of Expression - Cambria Press (2012)