A free press is so vital to a healthy republic that our nation’s founders wrote its freedom into the very first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The tradition of a free press, of course, goes back to England, which did away with government censorship of the press in 1771. Since that time a free, uncensored press has been a hallmark of the English-speaking world.
No longer. The United Kingdom, cradle of the free press, is about to go back to official, government-sanctioned censorship, not only for commercial media, but for private bloggers as well. Whether or not you work in publishing, it’s a sad day for freedom. You can read about it here.
With the Bill of Rights such a thing could never happen in this country, right? Right?