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1500
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Topic
#4794

Media exploits freedom of journalism

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It's a tie!
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Publication date
Last updated date
Type
Standard
Number of rounds
3
Time for argument
One day
Max argument characters
10,000
Voting period
Two weeks
Point system
Multiple criterions
Voting system
Open
Contender / Pro
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1300
rating
221
debates
44.8%
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Round 1
Con
#1
Media is the important and fourth pillar of democracy. It allows the public to put forward their opinions without the interference of government.

The idea that journalistic freedom is a human rights matter is prevalent in popular imagination and law. Free access to media, and freedom to participate in media, are mentioned or implied by several of the human rights lists and instruments.1 Taking journalism and a free press as human rights is a way of marking their distinctive moral significance. There are other ways of doing this: for example, by making journalistic freedom a high-priority goal, or by making it a ‘non-human-rights’ legal right whose violation incurs severe penalties.2 But if journalism is a human right, it has a distinctive moral importance. This is true on any plausible conception of human rights: in recent literature we can distinguish a ‘naturalistic’, a ‘political’, and a ‘pure legal’ conception. The naturalistic view regards human rights as pre-legal moral rights grounded in fundamental features of each human; the political view defines human rights by their relation to state sovereignty, as rights that are of concern to the international community; the legal view takes human rights to be a set of international, regional, and constitutional legal institutions, documents, and practices.3 On any these views, human rights hold a distinctive role, and there are important questions about journalism's relation to this role.
Pro
#2
Most media tries to impose their views on masses.

Media is controlled by small group of people who have interest in spreading their views, as well as make money by feeding population with exaggerated stories and hiding complete truth.
Round 2
Con
#3
Media plays a crucial role in shaping a healthy democracy. It is the backbone of a democracy; it makes us vigilant of numerous social, political and economic activities happening around the world. Media has very important roles to play in democracy such as; projecting the problems of the people to the public, and protecting the fundamental rights given in a Constitution. Philip C. Galanis states in his essay The Fourth Estate of The Bahamas “For many decades, there has been historically a tug-o-war between the media and politicians in the Bahamas”. In his essay he explains the importance of the media and its effect on the general public. The media is supposed to be just like a warrior fighting with a pen or like a mirror which shows us or strives to show us the bare truth and astringent realities of life. However, in recent years the media has, like other agencies, come under the influence of politicians. Therefore, the media no more writes about the people’s grievance but in support of the ruling government party. It has been contaminated by political influences. Today, the media has many vital roles in a modern democracy such as; political lies, reviling the truth to the public as well as helping to aid with the hypocrisy of the nation.
Pro
#4
Media exploits the freedom of journalism.
Media usually pushes their favorite politicians to get elected, and hides the truth that is unfavorable to them.
Round 3
Con
#5
Media doesn't exploit the freedom of journalism 
Instead it values the opinions of individuals which shows that people have a voice.
Pro
#6
Well, there are different arguments about benefits and harms of media. Media does give people a voice, I will concede to that much.