chapter  2
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The critical debates within media ethics are either based on a sympathetic view of liberalism or more often than not a critique of liberalism and the position that the individual journalist occupies within the system. The fact that free speech is negated on Google China or by the monopolization of press and media outlets, whilst of concern, is immaterial, because the point to grasp is that the spirit of liberalism continues to occupy contemporary life. Monopoly includes newspaper ownership, which impacts upon the autonomous individual journalist with political and moral rights to exercise so central to liberal thought. A good reason for understanding liberalism, and perhaps the more important in this present context, is because the discussion on media ethics and responsibilities in some academic and journalistic circles is born out of a critique of the liberal theory that dominates journalistic practice.