Access to Media

Access to media originally meant having access to the press, the right to have an issue presented in a newspaper. Publishers had control of who had access and were often accused of suppressing information for reasons influenced by finances or business. The goal of access to media is to protect the right of the public and minority views to get their information disseminated in public forums like newspapers and television. This right is protected by the First Amendment and its goal is "full and free discussion." 

As use of the internet has become more prevalent, access to media has become available to the public in ways that readers and viewers of news in past decades couldn't conceive. Online users can disseminate their views with blogs, comments and social media, increasing the ability to spread their views and information exponentially.

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