Thursday, December 16, 2010

What makes an organisation a news organisation

A news organisation brings news. As news may be unwelcome to some, there are legal provisions that protect legitimate news organisations. The point to such protections is that it is the truth that keeps our society honest and free and it is the role of the press to make this happen.

An organisation that makes use of the instruments of news organisations like newspapers, television or radio to deliberately misinform its public does not qualify as a news organisation and consequently it does not qualify for the protection the law offers.

It can even be argued that when an organisation brands its content as news, it has to provide information that is verifiable and truthful. When it is not, it should not be allowed to label its content as news and be protected as a news organisation.

Fox News should be required to rename itself to "Fox" or "Fox Content".
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