„The failure of a free press in most countries is usually blamed on the readers. Every nation gets the government—and the press—it deserves. This is too facile a remark. The people deserve better in most governments and press. Readers, in millions of cases, have no way of finding out whether their newspapers are fair or not, honest or distorted, truthful or colored....“
„In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. 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.“
— Hugo Black U.S. Supreme Court justice 1886 - 1971
Concurring in New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971).
„We think we have got freedom of the press. When one millionaire has ten newspapers and ten million people have no newspapers—that is not freedom of the press.“
— Anastas Mikoyan Russian revolutionary and Soviet statesman 1895 - 1978
— Joseph De Maistre Savoyard philosopher, writer, lawyer, and diplomat 1753 - 1821
Correspondance diplomatique, tome 2. Paris : Michel Lévy frères libraires éditeurs, 1860, p.196. Famous Sayings and their Authors, Edward Latham, 1906, Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=xvkNAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA181. Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus, 2003, Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=D8yVAC8CtO4C&printsec=frontcover. Letter 76, on the topic of Russia's new constitutional laws (27 August 1811); published in Lettres et Opuscules. The English translation has several variations, including "Every country has the government it deserves" and "In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve." The quote is popularly misattributed to better-known commentators such as Alexis de Tocqueville and Abraham Lincoln.
„In every instance that I have known of with confrontation with the government and the press, the press was always right. So keep it up.“
— Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
„The only platform from which public exposures can be made is an all-Russian newspaper. "Without a political organ, a political movement deserving that name is inconceivable in modern Europe."In this connection Russia must undoubtedly by included in modern Europe. The press has long ago become a power in our country, otherwise the government would not spend tens of thousands of rubles to bribe it, and to subsidize the Katkovs and Meshcherskys. And it is no novelty in autocratic Russia for the underground press to break through the wall of sponsorship and compel the legal and conservative press to speak openly of it.“
— Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
Chapter Three, Section E, Essential Works of Lenin (1966)
— Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
No government ought to be without censors: & where the press is free, no one ever will. Thomas Jefferson, letter http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/tj3/writings/brf/jefl100.htm to George Washington (9 September 1792)
— Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Letter to George Washington (9 September 1792)
„There are those who blame the Press, but in this I think they are mistaken. The Press is such as the public demands, and the public demands bad newspapers because it has been badly educated.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
„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.“
— George Sutherland Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, United States Senator, member of the United States House of Representatives 1862 - 1942
„The government and the people are under a moral necessity of acting together; a free press compels them to bend to one another.“
— James Mill Scottish historian, economist, political theorist and philosopher 1773 - 1836
The Edinburgh Review, vol. 18 (1811), p. 121
„The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people. Freedom of the press, too.“
— Fisher Ames American politician 1758 - 1808
Letter to George Richards Minot (June 12, 1789), reported in Fisher Ames, Seth Ames, John Thornton Kirkland, Works of Fisher Ames: With a Selection from His Speeches and Correspondence (1854), p. 54.
— Alexis De Tocqueville French political thinker and historian 1805 - 1859
It was Joseph de Maistre who wrote in 1811 "Every nation gets the government it deserves."
„A free Press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that freemen prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
You Get It In Black And White, Collier's, 28 December 1935 Reproduced in The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill, Vol IV, Churchill at Large, Centenary Edition (1976), Library of Imperial History, p. 323.
— John Bonica Anesthesiologist; pioneer in pain management 1917 - 1994
(1974) as quoted by Dennis C. Turk, Donald Meichenbaum, Myles Genest, Pain and Behavioral Medicine: A Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective (1983) p. 73