„Only in democratic countries is there the beginning of a suspicion that the old axioms about the press being the bulwark of liberty is something that affects the daily life of the people—that it is a living warning rather than an ancient wisecrack. A people that wants to be free must arm itself with a free press.“
„You cannot extend the mastery of government over the daily life of a people without somewhere making it master of people's souls and thoughts.… Every step in that direction poisons the very roots of liberalism. It poisons political equality, free speech, free press, and equality of opportunity. It is the road not to more liberty but to less liberty.“
— Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States of America 1874 - 1964
Campaign speech at Madison Square Garden (31 October 1932)
„In Britain we have a free press. It's not a pretty press, but it's free. The people who can't bear the Daily Mail, they say: 'you should ban it'. No no, no no, you don't ban it... you don't buy it.“
— Ian Hislop Satirical comedian, Editor, Television and radio presenter 1960
On Have I Got News For You, 11 October 2013.
„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).
„Without a free press there can be no free society. That is axiomatic. However, freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society. The scope and nature of the constitutional guarantee of the freedom of the press are to be viewed and applied in that light.“
— Felix Frankfurter American judge 1882 - 1965
New York Times (November 28, 1954).
— Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
Context: Trade unionism, like friendly societies, is a peculiarly English growth. This country is the native soil in which such democratic institutions are indigenous. They are an integral part of the country's life, and they are a great stabilizing influence... Watch carefully the continuous efforts that are made by the Communist Party in this country to get control of and to destroy trade unionism. They do not want to destroy it for nothing. A free trade unionism is a bulwark of popular liberty. If trade unionism were destroyed you would be a long way on the road to Communism, and via Communism to Fascism. Speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth (4 October 1935), quote in The Times (5 October 1935), p. 17.
— John McCain politician from the United States 1936
Context: I hate the press; I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital. If you want to preserve - I'm very serious now - if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started. They get started by suppressing free press. In other words, a consolidation of power. When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press... [W]e need to learn the lessons of history. As quoted in "McCain says suppressing free press is 'how dictators get started'" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mccain-idUSKBN15Y07R?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social (19 February 2017), Reuters
„The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.“
— George Mason American delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention 1725 - 1792
„Millions like me in Russia want a free press, the rule of law, social justice, and free and fair elections. My new job is to fight for those people and to fight for these fundamental rights.“
— Garry Kasparov former chess world champion 1963
Part III, Endgame, p. 195
„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....“
— George Seldes American journalist 1890 - 1995
Lords of the Press (1938) Incorporates the famous observation of Joseph de Maistre that "every nation gets the government it deserves."
„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
„As a conservative who believes in limited government, I believe the only check on government power in real time is a free and independent press. A free press ensures the flow of information to the public, and let me say, during a time when the role of government in our lives and in our enterprises seems to grow every day--both at home and abroad--ensuring the vitality of a free and independent press is more important than ever.“
— Mike Pence 48th Vice President of the United States 1959
World Press Freedom Day (May 4, 2009)