Access to the Media

Archive Report

Fight Over Matter of Press Fairness

Miami Herald Case Before the Supreme Court

The historic debate over the rights and responsibilities of a free press is entering a new phase marked by a demand for public access to the news media. This demand represents attempts by minority groups to gain outlets for voicing their causes, by political candidates for assured air time or guaranteed newspaper space, by aggrieved persons who want the right to reply. The list is long. Underlying nearly all of these demands for access to the news media is a professed belief that the First Amendment's freedom-of-the press provision gives all people the right to express their views through existing journalistic institutions.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on the constitutionality of ...

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