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The New CensorshipInside the Global Battle for Media Freedom$
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Joel Simon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160643

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160643.001.0001

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Journalists by Definition

Journalists by Definition

(p.150) Eight Journalists by Definition
The New Censorship

Joel Simon

Columbia University Press

This chapter addresses the issue of what constitutes journalism. The question of who is precisely a journalist surfaces almost every day at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). However, a rigid definition of journalism is unhelpful for various reasons. First, since technology is constantly transforming the practice of journalism, any understanding of who a journalist is will evolve as well. Second, because judging what is and what is not journalism depends on the context. The easier question to answer is what is not considered journalism. The chapter discusses how the boundaries between journalists and nonjournalists continue to erode and any meaningful definition of journalism becomes increasingly elusive, and that journalists should recognize that their rights are best protected not by “press freedom” but by ensuring that free expression is extended to all.

Keywords:   journalism, Committee to Protect Journalists, journalists, nonjournalists, press freedom, free expression

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