Should The Media Be A Neutral Platform For Government?

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The U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) defined democracy as ‘Government of the people, by the people, for the people’ (Epstein, 2011, p.819) during his appointment. It sounds easy for democracy but in fact democracy is by far the most challenging form of government as for both politicians and the people, it is not easy to seek the balancing point that satisfies every party. The purpose of democracy is to uphold citizenship, basic human rights and freedom of the individual. Democracy requires the active participation of citizens. Ideally, the press play a part in upholding this democratic right, a Free Press is essential to any working democracy. The media should keep citizens engaged in the business of governance by informing,…show more content…
I would like to focus on the first module that discussed is the relationship between the press and the public and looks at phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour. In relationship with the mobile phone of Milly Dowler who killed in year 2002, her mobile phone had been hacked by the employees from News of the World and the information obtained had led the paper to publish false leads as a result of its misunderstanding of a message or messages had been deleted (Leveson, 2012). While we focus in the perspective of view from the press and the public, what the employee did is aberrations and do not reflect on the culture, practices or ethics of the press as a whole. It is reflecting the media did not do things ethically as they aim to reach more readers and boost their sales; therefore they make the news more sensational to the public. In this condition, I would like to conclude that the press take advantages on the victim to reach their main objective and recklessness in prioritising sensational stories, which is irrespective of the harm that the stories may bring hard felt feeling and affected the rights of those who are affected in the case. After few years, Rebekah Brooks, the English journalist and former newspaper editor who work in News International, made the same mistake of illegal phone hacking (Guardian, 2011). Although she resigned from the company, but it has given a perception to the
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