Freedom of the press
Updated: 1/27/2021
Freedom of the press

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  • Hey did you hear about that murder case on the news?
  • I did, but I thought the judge ordered that the case can’t be discussed in public. I’d say the press is pretty public.
  • You mean a gag order? The judge in this case didn’t order a gag order. A gag order is issued when a judge wants to ensure a fair trial, to facilitate efficient administration of justice, and to prevent prejudicial information from reaching the jury pool.
  • Also, freedom of the press is protected by the First Amendment.
  • Oh right! Freedom of the press is the right to report news or circulate opinion without censorship from the government.
  • Freedom of the press is important because it is a vibrant marketplace of ideas, a vehicle for ordinary citizens to express themselves and gain exposure to a wide range of information and opinions.