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Editorial Freedom and Integrity 

Chapter:
Ethical and Legal Considerations
Author(s):

Annette Flanagin

The freedom of the press is one of the greatestbulwarks of liberty.    George MasonEditorial freedom implies a range of independence, from complete absence of external restraint and coercion to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated. Integrity is the state of honesty, credibility, incorruptibility, and accountability. A biomedical journal has editorial integrity if it adheres to these values, but different journals have different levels of editorial freedom. The First Amendment of the US Constitution affirms several freedoms, including the freedom of the press. Thus, communication through the US press or other media is a right that should not

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