Date of this Version

December 2002

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Details

Pearson, M. (2002) Freedom of the media - the rhetoric and the reality

Address to the Broadcasting Standards Authority, Wellington, December 10, 2002.

Pre-print version

Copyright © Mark Pearson, 2002.



They might be mortal enemies in day to day corporate warfare, but there is one single issue where media outlets stand united. The defence of media freedom. All it takes is the whiff of regulation in the air – an aside by a politician, or a committee’s recommendation for a limit on media powers – and we hear the screams from the leader pages.