Citizen and the press: access to public information

August Hans den Boef, Joost Kircz

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    The essence of a democratic process is the guarantee that citizens have free and easy access to public information. How can that be made possible and how can people learn to use that information critically? In earlier papers (Boef, 2008 and 2009), we discussed the relationship between public library, press and the free access to relevant information. In this paper, we concentrate on the role of journalistic media in making public information accessible for the citizen. Our starting point is the fact that the citizen, in shaping her or his position in relation to political and other societal issues needs fewer opinions of others, but more reliable information; verified and certified by professionals. That way, the citizen will become enabled to create and to ground his or her opinion. Based on that solid foundation, opinions and comments of others can be appreciated and rated. Finally, we will discuss the ongoing process of the disappearing of independent media and the negative effect on the democratic process, and hence the need for a new generation of Internet savvy civil journalists.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInformation in e-motion
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
    EditorsWolf-Fritz Riekert, Ingeborg Simon
    Place of PublicationBad Honnef
    PublisherBock + Herchen Verlag
    ISBN (Print)9783883472874
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventBobcatsss 2012: 20th International Conference of Information Science - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 23 Jan 201225 Jan 2012


    ConferenceBobcatsss 2012


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