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Ethical Boundaries of Media Coverage

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Abstract

Some think that democracy should tolerate all forms and types of speech, for liberals must not play the anti-liberal game. Those who make this sweeping claim argue that liberal democracies are different from other forms of government precisely because they do not use non-liberal tools.2 I find this claim naive and dangerous. Democracy should set rules for speech as well as for action. Those who choose to break and to undermine the basic democratic rules should not be surprised if, in the name of democratic self-defence, the legislature might decide to disqualify them from participation in the democratic process. I reiterate the importance of acknowledging the democratic ‘catch’ and the need for setting limits to the democratic principles.

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Medium Ethic Medium Coverage Liberal Democracy Public Figure Night Club 
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