Media Accountability and Freedom of Publication

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 366 pages
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What are the media's responsibilities? To whom are they accountable? Are they increasingly growing out of control? In the twenty-first century, our mass media are becoming more powerful and more difficult to hold to account, and attempts at control to prevent harm or make media more responsible are often viewed as infringements of market and media freedom. In this stimulating new study, Denis McQuail argues that freedom and accountability are not incompatible and shows ways forward to greater responsibility.

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Contents

From Communication Values
68
Issues and Forms
91
On the Media as Cause
139
ACCOUNTABILITY
167
A Framework of Assessment
209
The Media Market
231
Media Law and Regulation
251
Alternatives to Law and the Market
270
Lessons from Accountability Theory
297
Policy Implications
316
Bibliography
341
Index
361
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Denis McQuail began his career in the Granada Television Research Unit at the University of Leeds. He then taught at Southampton University before taking the Chair of Mass Communication at the University of Amsterdam. He has held visiting posts at a number of American and European universities. He is currently an Editor of the European Journal of Communication, and his publications include: Media Performance: Mass Communication and the Public Interest (Sage 1992). Media Policy (Sage 1998), Mass Communication Theory (Sage 2000, now in its 4th edition).

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