9 Free speech on web radio




Where the previous chapter concerned itself chiefly with the musical side of web radio and the legalities of copyrights, this one focuses on the spoken word and the messages and information contained therein. (The message can, of course, also encompass song lyrics, banned in one country or another.) It may be easy to imagine – living in a liberal democratic country – that web radio stations have nothing to worry about in this regard. It is certainly a very much freer environment than terrestrial broadcasting, but the history of the mass media tells us that free speech is a not a right we can ever take for granted.

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