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journalistic rights andprivileges
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An old school of journalistic thought says journalists in Britain have no special rights and privileges and should have none. The argument is that journalistic rights are based on the rights of the citizen and amount to no more. A reporter watching a trial in court, for instance, is doing what ordinary members of the public in the public gallery are free todoandare, in fact, doing.That the reporter thenwrites about it in a newspaper or talks about it in a news programme is simply a difference of function, not a difference of right. The reporter’s right to tell people what parliament is doing, though hard fought for many years ago, is equally ordinary. Nor is the reporter at the scene of an accident specially privileged.