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The expression “press and politics” is most often used to denote a large and complex set of issues related to the interaction between the political sphere of activity and the media. The term press is therefore not only restricted to newspapers. Instead, it encompasses media in general and journalistic media in particular. The fact that the term is still used although not restricted to a particular form of media should be seen as a reflection of the historical fact that newspapers used to be synonymous with journalistic media in general. Until the 1960s, newspapers continued to be the most important source of information for most people, before successively being replaced by television in most advanced countries around the world.

On the most general level, the political ...

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