Does the Haitian Media Recognize the LIMITS of Freedom of Expression?
FREEDOM of Expression is "the right to express one's ideas and opinions FREELY through speech, writing, and other forms of communication but WITHOUT deliberately causing harm to others' character and/or reputation by false or misleading statements. Looks like La Press Haitienne (the Haitian media) does not want the WITHOUT part...
Any warning to the Haitian Media about unprofessional practices is seen as a threat to their Freedom of the Press...
NOTE: Freedom of the press is part of freedom of expression (source).
Earlier today, CONATEL released a statement warning the Haitian media to be careful... Be careful that the news you broadcast does not "cause harm to others' character and/or reputation by false or misleading statements"
And for that the Haitian Media is pissed, and every organization who usually cry foul play is jumping in the band wagon.
QUESTION: Do you think CONATEL do somehing wrong?
Do you think the Haitian media is innocent or guilty of "causing harm to others' character and/or reputation by false or misleading statements?"
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All Comments (1)
We must thred carefully and avoid kneejerk reactions.
Freedom of speech is too important a matter to be treated lightly.
While it may spill over on more occasions than we would have desired, it is however one of the most important tools in a democratic society to inform and to help shed light when men and women pracice to
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