Author: Richard Kluger
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Summary: Fascinating story, but a little bogged down in the details.
Although freedom of the press is (mostly) a value we accept without question today, when the British first colonized North America, they brought with them a long history of punishing any published criticism as libel. Regardless of whether the printed material was true or false, it could destabilize the government and must be stopped! When a small, weekly newspaper began criticizing the British governor of New York, there was no question the printer would be punished. The novel argument his lawyer made, that accusations must be false to be libelous, was the beginning of a new approach to freedom of the press in the nascent United States. Read more »