Freedom of speech versus institutional subordination in the history of the Romanian religious Christian-orthodox press
Issue: Issue No. 23-24 (2015)
Page Range: 41-64
No. of Pages: 24
Keywords: official/institutional publications, polemical articles, religious journalism, Romanian Orthodox Church
Summary/Abstract: Limited by the requirements of mass communication, which main objective is to transmit a message of public interest about a factual event, to a large audience, by necessary linguistic requirements and also by the economical requirements in terms of covering the expenses of editing, printing and distributing a media product, the religious press usually represents a public voice authorized by the leaders of the cult that it represents and it is settled between the borders and the terminology of the cult. In addition to the religious terminology, this kind of media demands a reader who is familiar with this field of reality, a situational context and also some communicational acts with significance both to the sender and the receiver as members of a congregation, regardless if they are ministers or simple adepts. To what extend the work of the religious press editor represents journalistic activity ruled by the specific journalistic ethical values and to what extend his/her activity represents public relation activity which main objective is to promote the social image of the an institution and to preach the religious teachings of the cult? How do these two necessary aspects coexist in the activity of the religious press journalist?
A glance over the history of the Romanian religious press, using the discourse analysis method of research, reveals the existence of both an obedient press according to the requirements of the institution and its regulations and a more liberal press whose freedom of expression has led to the publishing of various polemics regarding the organization and day-to-day running of the Orthodox Church.
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