dimanche 17 août 2008

Free speech

I came across something really interesting in the paper yesterday and thought I'd post it rather than having to save the article itself for a couple of paragraphs:

"Reading up on how the Anglo-American tradition of free speech came about, I came across many examples of one-man proprietorships in the early days: The fellow who owned the Gutenberg was also reporter, editor, publisher, printer, delivery boy and business manager.

No surprise, these people did what they did because they had a point to make.

Generally, it was a religious one and parenthetically, one of the things least understood now is how large is the blood-debt owed by the secular right of free speech to stubborn Protestant printers of the 16th and 17th centuries, who fought authorities to present truth as they saw it."

- excerpt from "Why newspapers beat the Internet for accuracy" by Nigel Hannaford, Calgary Herald, The Editorial Page, A26, August 16, 2008

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