Definition of freedom of the press noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


freedom of the press

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the right to publish news and opinions in the press without the government removing any of the information. This right became part of American law under the First Amendment. In Britain the press is free to publish most types of information but the government can prevent newspapers and broadcasters from reporting some stories by using the Official Secrets Act or advise against publication using a DA-notice.