chapter  6
Safeguarding Newsroom Autonomy: Tensions Between the Ideal and the Actual
ByAUKSĖ BALČYTIENĖ, KARIN RAEYMAECKERS, ELENA VARTANOVA
Pages 19

The governing notion of democracy moves on ideals of freedom and selfactualization, on principles of pluralism and access to diverse information. Democracy needs freedom and plurality of opinions. And this need denes the conventional role of the media. The democratic media should act as an alert fourth estate that upholds and preserves public dialogues and scrutinizes the uses and abuses of power. As an actor with such a distinctive mission, journalism requires autonomy to control the news ow according to its own norms.