Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Americans Have No Idea What “Freedom of the Press” Means

Many people believe that freedom of the press means that credentialed, professional journalists working for mainstream media outlets are protected when they criticize the government.

And they think that Julian Assange – or some random blogger – are not entitled to press freedoms, since they aren’t real reporters or publishers.

Indeed, a Google Search for “Assange is not a journalist/reporter/publisher” turns up 62,000 web pages, many of them from the largest media corporations.

What Is Freedom of the Press?

However, as we noted in 2014:

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