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Why freedom of the press is important
February 16, 2021

Freedom of the press is an essential right in the United States and a core principle of democracy.

Protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a free press helps maintain the balance of power in government. Numerous journalists worldwide have been killed while working to fulfill their essential role in free and open societies.

Watch this video to learn more about how other nations look to the United States as a model of press freedom.