freedom of the press

noun phrase

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

Examples of freedom of the press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As project editor, Mr. Greenfield oversaw the preparation of articles whose publication, challenged by the Nixon administration, won a historic Supreme Court victory for freedom of the press and the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 20 May 2024 Democracy, freedom of the press and the freedom to vote are messy but worth it. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 The court emphasized that freedom of the press allows a newspaper to decide what to include and exclude. Erwin Chemerinsky, The Mercury News, 1 Mar. 2024 Society reacted instantly, blaming authorities for putting pressure on the freedom of the press. Polina Lytvynova, NPR, 25 Feb. 2024 This includes freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 10 Feb. 2024 As recently as 2021, the Biden administration stepped up to defend freedom of the press in Poland by convincing the Polish president to veto a controversial media bill that would restrict who could own local broadcasters. Arancha González Laya, Foreign Affairs, 2 Feb. 2024 This person is not going to shut down the freedom of the press by stealing a few hundred newspapers. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 19 Jan. 2024 Since its founding in 1920, the ACLU has been associated with a stalwart defense of the First Amendment, including freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 18 July 2023

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“Freedom of the press.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

freedom of the press

: 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

Note: 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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