liberal studies

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 May, 2011, 12:00am


Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 When is World Press Freedom Day?

a. tomorrow

b. May 3

c. December 5

d. every day

2 It is important for a journalist to keep their sources secret because ...

a. They should not give in to authority.

b. They have to have back-up for more stories.

c. Sources need to trust that they will remain anonymous.

d. Journalists shouldn't help the police catch criminals.

3 Why would El Diario's journalists avoid conversations on a mobile phone?

a. It's too expensive.

b. They want them to be recorded.

c. They think mobile phones cause cancer.

d. They worry someone may be listening.

4 Why can we place trust in newspapers' information?

a. because a printed record is kept which cannot be altered later

b. because they have such a lot of resources

c. because journalists always tell the truth

d. because the government approves what newspapers write

Think about

1 What would life be like without a free press? Think about those countries in which the press is free and those in which it is not.

2 Apart from the harassment of journalists, how else can the media be silenced?

3 Scan the newspaper for instances of the media defending citizens' rights.


1 Journalists should not be ... by authorities in power. They should carry out their work without fear or favour.

2 A revolt against authority is an act of ... and may carry a prison sentence.

3 Mum thought only one ... of cookies would be sufficient, but she didn't count on my friends coming over.

4 It is always best to have a ... decide the outcome of a heated dispute.


Reading comprehension: 1. b, 2. c, 3. d, 4. a

Vocabulary: 1 intimidated, 2 insurrection, 3. batch, 4. neutral party