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Free Press in the New Century

Thursday, January 14, 2010

It's been a long road for freedom of the press in the United States -- and more challenges lay ahead, both here and around the world. Columbia University president Lee Bollinger discusess his new book Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century, which takes a hard look at the meaning and practice of free press.

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Lee Bollinger

Comments [5]

Matt from NYC

What good is free speech when no one is interested?

Jan. 14 2010 11:43 AM
Joel Friedland from Forest Hills

I don't buy this.

A free press may be beneficial, but it's not assured to be so. In China, there are many ethnic groups other than the Han Chinese, the majority, and all sorts of ethnic hatreds could be stirred up if state censorship did not exist

If Rwanda had exercised great censorship over the radio airwaves, 100's of thousands would be alive today.

Jan. 14 2010 11:42 AM
hjs from 11211

and if my government wants to look at my gmail account because i'm a "terrorist?"

Jan. 14 2010 11:40 AM
Catherine from long island

@Martin - This sounds like little more than a rant. Can you give specific instances at CU where Bollinger has behaved in a way that you find objectionable?

Jan. 14 2010 10:50 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

How ironic that Bollinger is pretentiously waving this particular flag when he seems to thrive in the one enviroment where there is the LEAST freedom of speech in America......the university campus. From outrageous (and unconstitutional) campus speech codes.....to the suppresion of anything deemed "hurtful" or "unfair" speech......to the actual physical assaults upon guest speakers who don't adhere to the ultra-Leftist/animal rights/radical enviromentalist agenda of our nations "academy". Even more hilarious (or egregious) is the fact that Columbia University has been among the most difficult places to find anything resembling free speech. I shudder to imagine Bollinger's concept of what free speech SHOULD be in the 21st Century. This is a joke, right, Brian? April 1st might have been a more appropriate date to have this imposter hawking his book.

Jan. 14 2010 09:22 AM

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