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Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech

Martha Minow

Abstract

This book argues that US democracy presumes a news industry but that industry currently is failing. It focuses on the contributions of digital platforms and legal rules to the current situation and on the government's responsibilities for alleviating the problem. As the book shows, the First Amendment of the US Constitution assumes the existence and durability of a private industry. Despite some concerns that government action now is not permitted, nothing in the Constitution forecloses government action to regulate concentrated economic power, to require disclosure of who is financing communi ... More

Keywords: digital platform, news industry, public media, public utility, constitutional democracy, First Amendment, US Constitution, private enterprises, economic power, government policies, media ecosystem, reforms, fairness doctrine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190948412
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190948412.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha Minow, author
Professor of Law and Former Dean, Harvard Law School