freedom of the press

noun
the right to publish newspapers, magazines, and other printed matter without governmental restriction and subject only to the laws of libel, obscenity, sedition, etc.
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freedom of the press definition


The right to circulate opinions in print without censorship by the government. Americans enjoy freedom of the press under the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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Example sentences
But in that depression you had freedom of the press.
It is true that debates about obscenity often overlap with debates about
  freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Freedom of the press inevitably helps drive scientific progress, which in turn
  propels innovation and economic prosperity.
It's not a matter of freedom of the press, because you can still write about
  people.
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