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freedom of the press

Definition of freedom of the press

  1. :  the right of newspapers, magazines, etc., to report news without being controlled by the government



Word by Word Definitions

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  1. :  the quality or state of being free: as

    :  the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action

    :  liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another :  independence

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  1. :  a crowd or crowded condition :  throng

    :  a thronging or crowding forward or together

    :  an apparatus or machine by which a substance is cut or shaped, an impression of a body is taken, a material is compressed, pressure is applied to a body, liquid is expressed, or a cutting tool is fed into the work by pressure

  1. :  to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact :  squeeze

    :  assail, harass

    :  afflict, oppress

  1. :  to force into service especially in an army or navy :  impress

    :  to take by authority especially for public use :  commandeer

    :  to take and force into any usually emergency service

  1. :  impressment into service especially in a navy

    :  a warrant for impressing recruits


Law Dictionary

freedom of the press

  1. :  the right to publish and disseminate information, thoughts, and opinions without restraint or censorship as guaranteed under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution



Additional Notes on freedom of the press

The First Amendment's guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press are closely intertwined, and many cases relating to freedom of the press are couched in terms of the freedom of speech.


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