Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.— Benjamin Franklin
Jaw-dropping Free Press quotations
The first thing dictators do is finish free press, to establish censorship.
There is no doubt that a free press is the first enemy of dictatorship.
The press of Italy is free, freer than the press of any other country, so long as it supports the regime.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
Without general elections, without freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, without the free battle of opinions, life in every public institution withers away, becomes a caricature of itself, and bureaucracy rises as the only deciding factor.
The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.
The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people.
The only security of all is in a free press.
No substantial famine has ever occurred in a democratic country - no matter how poor.
A free press stands as one of the great interpreters between the government and the people. To allow it to be fettered is to fetter ourselves.
I get a little nauseated, perhaps, when I hear the phrase 'freedom of the press' used as freely as it is, knowing that a large part of our proprietorial press is not free at all.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
As unbalanced parties of every description can never tolerate a free inquiry of any kind, when employed against themselves, the license, and even the most temperate freedom of the press, soon excite resentment and revenge.
The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy. One's right to life, liberty and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly may not be submitted to vote; they depend on no elections.
The younger generation of today has grown up in a world in which in school and press the spirit of commercial enterprise has been represented as disreputable and the making of profit as immoral, where to employ a hundred people is represented as exploitation but to command the same number as honorable.
The government can't create jobs; they'll destroy jobs trying to do it. The government doesn't have any money; all they have is a printing press. We need to free markets to create jobs; if the government wants to help, they should reduce their burden on the economy.
There is an attempt to tarnish Turkey by using press freedom when it is in fact measures taken against terrorism, i dispute this. Nowhere in Europe or in other countries is there a media that is as free as the press in Turkey.
The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty.
Freedom of press is limited to those who own one.
Free inquiry entails recognition of civil liberties as integral to its pursuit, that is, a free press, freedom of communication, the right to organize opposition parties and to join voluntary associations, and freedom to cultivate and publish the fruits of scientific, philosophical, artistic, literary, moral and religious freedom.
Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones.
They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them, and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.
The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free - which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state.
A managed democracy is a wonderful thing.
.. for the managers... and its greatest strength is a 'free press' when 'free' is defined as 'responsible' and the managers define what is 'irresponsible'.
The government and the people are under a moral necessity of acting together;
a free press compels them to bend to one another.
A people that wants to be free must arm itself with a free press.
Democracy's my idea. I do not agree with communists, my acts prove. Free press in Cuba - free ideas, freedom religion belief.
When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.
I believe in a free and open press; people have to cover the presidency, respect the office and its current occupant. And we need it to be a two-way street.
When people in power can operate in the dark, inevitably they abuse that power.
So, you need outside forces to bring light and transparency to what they're doing. And, one of the ways you do that is through journalism, and through guaranteeing a free press. That is its purpose, to provide a check on those who wield power.
To watch the progress of such endeavors is the office of a free press.
To give us early alarm and put us on our guard against encroachments of power. This then is a right of utmost importance, one for which, instead of yielding it up, we ought rather to spill our blood.
The greater the importance to safeguarding the community from incitements to the overthrow of our institutions by force and violence, the more imperative is the need to preserve the constitutional rights of free speech, free press and free assembly in order to maintain the opportunity for free political discussion.
If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society.
A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
In Iran, there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no independent judiciary, no free elections. There is no freedom of religion - not even for Shiites, who are forced by Irans theocracy to adhere to one narrow set of official rules.