Freedom of the Press Essay Contest winner – Middle school category

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014

“Freedom of the Press”

by Ethan Guthrie

Moultrie Middle School

The right of the freedom of the press has been grossly undervalued as it is an assumed right by Americans. It means that you have the right to put into print whatever you want without any censorship from the government. Freedom of the press is more than just a right; it is what democracy lives on. The freedom of the press is what makes freedom free, for many reasons.

Without freedom of the press, many other rights would never have been heard of. If the government could censor the press, they might censor out things like protests, rights movements and even the television programs that we watch every day such as the news. If these were censored, then people could not help support the movement, so many things could not have passed, or maybe even heard of. For example, the civil rights movement’s key aspects included civil disobedience, the practice of openly challenging a law to attract the attention of the government. So, if the government could censor this practice, it could not gain any attention and few would know of the movement, thus ruining the entire movement. So, you can conclude that without freedom of the press, many rights would not exist.

Freedom of the press is what makes a democracy work. If the government could censor what was published, it would use that to benefit itself. If, say, the president wanted to stay in office, he could easily just use his power to censor out his competition, thus making him the only logical vote. Therefore, without freedom of the press, democracy could not exist.

In conclusion, freedom of the press is what makes our lives so free. While it may be undervalued, it as crucial to our life as democracy itself, because that is what makes it work.


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