Freedom of the press

"Journalists must seek and speak the truth, for we are the voice of the voiceless millions."

Pakistani journalist

"A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad."

Albert CAMUS
Resistance, Rebellion and Death
French-Algerian author (1913-1960)

"Freedom of the press is perhaps the freedom that has suffered the most from the gradual degradation of the idea of liberty."

Albert CAMUS
French-Algerian author (1913-1960)

"La liberté de la presse ne s'use que quand on ne s'en sert pas." (The freedom of the press is never used up / worn out except when you don't use it).

The motto of this current French satirical magazine

"Limiting the freedom of news 'just a little bit' is in the same category with the classic example 'a little bit pregnant'."

Robert Anson HEINLEIN
A Rabble in Arms
American science fiction writer (1907-88)

"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves."

Claude Adrien HELVÉTIUS
French philosopher (1715–71)

"Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights."

English political author, known only by the signature Junius
Wrote various letters to the London Public Advertiser from Jan., 1769, to Jan., 1772

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


"A free press is not a privilege but an organic necessity in a great society. ... A great society is simply a big and complicated urban society."

American journalist (1889-1974)

"Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose."

Eric Arthur Blair or George ORWELL
British novelist and essayist (1903-1950)

"It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper."

American comedian and actor (1955-)

"Freedom of the press, or, to be more precise, the benefit of freedom of the press, belongs to everyone - to the citizen as well as the publisher... The crux is not the publisher's 'freedom to print'; it is, rather, the citizen's 'right to know.' "

Arthur Sulzburger
American newspaper publisher

"In order to enjoy the inestimable benefits that the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils that it creates.."

French politician and writer (1805-1859)

Last update: 26 January 2007

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