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This anthology represents an attempt to permit cross-national comparisons with regards to government-press linkage, with chapters on France, Italy, Scandinavia, nice Britain, Australia, Canada, united states, Mexico, Israel, and Japan.

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The Characteristics of Information Channels The channels of information in France are principally the newspapers, daily or weekly. Not that radio or television is less widespread than in comparable countries, or that these newcomers do not exercise, as everywhere else, an influence on the actions or opinions of one and all; rather, the print press, in the country of Girardin and Millaud, continues to play the role of an uncontested guide for other information organs. The essential thing, however, about the French newspapers is that three-quarters of a century after the first dailies, with millions of circulation, the French press remains in effect that which it has never ceased to be: it presents more difference than similarity with its homologues of occidental countries.

Analysis of opinion studies. This service involves helping public agencies to command and exploit public opinion polls. Conclusion Beyond what has been said, it is very difficult to fix the exact influence of government intervention on the media. We cite two opinions: one is concerned with journalists, the other with the public. A survey conducted in 19761977 (see Table 1) with a sample of 120 journalists, representative of the Parisian editorial staffs, of the audio- Page 18 visual (national and peripheral networks) shows thatasked about the existence of government pressurenumerous journalists stated it, mentioning in rank order the source for pressures.

Wicker, T. On Press. New York: The Viking Press, 1978. Wiio, O. A. " Studies of Broadcasting, 1977, 13, 6790. Page 9 II. Government and the Media in France Francis Balle and Jean Marie Cotteret This study will deal with the press, radio, and television as principal media channels of information. After having studied the legal context and status of press, radio, and television under the state, we examine the government information system and its impact upon the media. Legal Status of the Media The Press This principle was formulated in Article 11 of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1789: The communication of thoughts and opinions is one of the most precious rights of man: every citizen may talk, write, and print freely, subject only to an accounting for abuse of that freedom as determined by the law.

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