Freedom of the press

In the United States, freedom of the press is protected by the First Amendment, which prevents the government from interfering with the free dissemination of news and opinions. The freedom of the press and freedom of speech are closely intertwined. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to give greater protection to media outlets than it does to other speakers. The law allows individuals, businesses and organizations to publish news and opinions with interference by the government. In addition, the government can't force them to publish specific information. 

Owners of media outlets and their reporters have professional standards that require them to balance these freedoms with responsibility. The freedom they have is essential in a democracy. In fact, the media is considered an unofficial part of the system of checks and balances that make a democracy work. Because of the research and interviewing they do, reporters have access to more information that most citizens. This gives them the role of serving as the eyes and ears of the general public. This needs to be balanced with the right of privacy for individuals and with

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