In the below sentence, can we use the word "these" alone? Is the usage of "these" correct grammatically?
"The freedom of the press constitutes one of the best means of transmitting various political opinions and attitudes to the public opinion and forming a conviction regarding these."
If you ask me, "them" should have been used instead of "these". Because as far as I know, these can be used either as a pronoun at the beginning of the sentence.
Example: These are yours.
or as an adjective.
Example:These books are yours.
I do not think the usage of "these" is correct. Am I right?