Freedom of thought, freedom of speech, press freedom: A trinomial for debate

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Western countries are indebted to the political and economic freedoms put in place in the eighteenth century by France, the United States and Britain, among which are freedom of thought, speech and press. In this paper a brief review of the origins and evolution of these concepts is presented, and then focuses on the elements of the current environment that are affecting their interpretation and enforcement. The development of digital technology, the so-called globalization and the economic crisis in developed countries pose new limits to these freedoms, compromising the role of the media and journalism in the social construction of reality. The analysis considers freedom of thought as a prerequisite for the existence of freedom of speech, with press freedom being a collective right corollary of the previous two.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1017-1030
JournalEstudios Sobre el Mensaje Periodistico
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Crisis
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of thought
  • Journalism
  • Press freedom


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