On the importance of freedom of press to counter authoritarian powers

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“ America’s founding fathers were deathly afraid of centralized, absolute power. This is why the government they structured had three equal branches, and plenty of checks and balances. And the first amendment is first for a reason. Freedom of the press is guaranteed because the founders envisaged the press as a bulwark against absolute power. This goes to the heart of who we are, and what we might become (…) Reporters have a key role. With Republicans controlling the legislative branch and with the supreme court leaning rightward, the free press must be the check on power the founders envisioned ”

Jill Abramson, ‘Trump is a president gripped by delusions of absolute power’, The Guardian

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