The Freedom Of Speech : Yellow Journalism

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Rome, which was one of the strongest ancient empires, worshipped a god, Janus. Romans believed that Janus protected their beginnings, gates and time; in particular, Janus was the male with two faces (Martin, 2012). Similarly, freedom of speech is Janus with two faces reflecting freedom and limit. According to Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadians are free to think their own thoughts, speak their own minds, to gather peacefully into groups and to associate with whomever they wish, as long as they do not infringe valid regulations which protect the right and interests of others (Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, 1982). Therefore, in a democratic society, the freedom of speech should be properly regulated to prevent yellow journalism, to protect sensitive state secrets from abuse and to promote a high quality of speech based on responsibility.
The regulated freedom of speech prevents yellow journalism. Yellow journalism is the style of journalism which features scandals, sensationalism, and unethical or unprofessional practices by news media or journalists without any regulations (Holtz-Bacha and Kaid, 2008). For instance, according to Tom Conner (2014), the Dreyfus Affair of 1894 was an anti-Semitic political scandal in France; it involved the false accusation of a Jewish French artillery officer named Alfred Dreyfus for leaking secrets to the German army. In particular, the usage of yellow journalism would inaccurately produce powerful articles without any…

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