What does freedom of the press mean?

Definitions for freedom of the press

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. freedom of the press(noun)

    a right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution


  1. freedom of the press(Noun)

    The right of citizens or the media of the United States to print, or otherwise disseminate, speech, ideas and opinions without fear or harm of prosecution.


  1. Freedom of the press

    Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through mediums including various electronic media and published materials. While such freedom mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state, its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections. With respect to governmental information, any government may distinguish which materials are public or protected from disclosure to the public based on classification of information as sensitive, classified or secret and being otherwise protected from disclosure due to relevance of the information to protecting the national interest. Many governments are also subject to sunshine laws or freedom of information legislation that are used to define the ambit of national interest. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers" This philosophy is usually accompanied by legislation ensuring various degrees of freedom of scientific research, publishing, press and printing the depth to which these laws are entrenched in a country's legal system can go as far down as its constitution. The concept of freedom of speech is often covered by the same laws as freedom of the press, thereby giving equal treatment to spoken and published expression.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of freedom of the press in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of freedom of the press in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. A. J. Liebling:

    Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.

  3. Stavro Jabra:

    We want to defend the freedom of the press, the freedom of the media and the freedom of opinion. This is our mission.

  4. David Cameron:

    The murders in Paris are sickening, we stand with the French people in the fight against terror and defending the freedom of the press.

  5. French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen:

    There is no freedom of the press, though, when there is bad money chasing good, that’s to say when fake news chases true information.

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