freedom of the press


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  • IPA(key): /ˈfɹiː.dəm əv ðə ˈpɹɛs/



freedom of the press (uncountable)

  1. The right of citizens or the media to print, or otherwise disseminate, speech, ideas and opinions without fear or harm of prosecution.
    • 1917 May 30, “The Freedom of the Press”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), The New York Times, page 8:
      Since the press, commanding the service of every other means of communication, is the common carrier of information, delivering it almost instantly and simultaneously through out a nation, and there is no other carrier a thousandth part so efficient any restriction upon the information it may convey deprives every citizen in some degree of capacity for intelligent thought and wise action. This is obviously of great importance in relation to the affairs of government and that is why since its vital connection with the welfare of peoples has been understood, the freedom of the press has been so jealously guarded no more by its own servants than by the statesman, the publicist, and the enlightened citizen.
    • 2003, Mike Godwin, Cyber Rights, The MIT Press, →ISBN, page 2:
      The term free speech, which appears in this book's subtitle as well as in its text, is used more or less interchangeably with freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression to refer to all of the expressive rights guaranteed by the forty-five words of the First Amendment, as interpreted by the U.S. courts.

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