Relationship Between Law and Journalism

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The establishment of justice does not mean merely the establishment of courts or the machinery for the enforcement of law. It means something far more. It means the establishment of just relations between man and man, between man and his own government, between man, the individual and society. It means the creation of a social state that deals justly with every man and every interest of man.
This may not be done by the profession of law alone. To establish justice, the cooperation of the members of other professions and of those engaged in other occupations is necessary. Most important, it is the cooperation of those engaged in the profession of journalism. For journalism,
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Such criticism should be welcomed by every honest lawyer and righteous judge. It may not be denied to journalism if journalism is to play its part in establishing justice.
Three criticisms are directed against present-day journalism;Newspapers are criticized for such faults as ignorance, cowardice, insincerity, bad taste, slovenly style, triviality, offensive partisanship. These are the inherent imperfections of humanity which lawyers are guilty of t – and judges! Their existence and importance depends upon the personality of editors and publishers. It is far better, however, to have ignorance and slovenliness and triviality and offensive partisanship in a newspaper, that is free to speak its mind, than to put a padlock by law upon the press.
The second category of criticisms is against faults that are self-correcting, such as inadequate news service, inaccuracy, blunders, misquotation, faking of news, malice, dishonorable methods in news or business policy, trouble making, pernicious political doctrine, failure to serve worthy causes, betrayal of public interests to personal, political or pecuniary ends. Are not these or similar charges properly leveled against certain individual lawyers and judges? Is there no
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