Official Information (The Bounds of Freedom series)


A moderator conducts a hypothetic enquiry in which real journalists make decisions.

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Producer: Granada T.V.
Year Produced: 1979
Running time: 52 minutes
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A journalist comes across a confidential Government paper concerning a major, but controversial, trade deal for Britain. The Government asks for its publication to be delayed. What does the newspaper do? Moderator is Paul Sieghart, a leading member of the legal profession in Britain. Part of an award-winning series The Bounds of Freedom, which uses a technique totally new to television to explore the legal and ethical problems that regularly beset the media. In each of the six programmes, a panel of eminent people from both the media and the legal world is assembled.

They are confronted with situations which, although hypothetical, reflect accurately the kind of dilemma which every newspaper editor or television producer has at some time had to deal with. Keeping the discussion moving at a lively pace is an experienced moderator who tricks, cajoles or browbeats the often reluctant victim into making a commitment to one course of action or another.
The Bounds of Freedom was named the Best Documentary Series of 1979 by Britain’s Royal Television Society, and this part, Official Information, was a finalist in the 1980 International Emmy Awards.

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