Uninhibited speech without a doubt was thought by our founders to be integral to freedom and an oppression-free future. So they included it in the first of the 10 great Amendments. By putting special rights of the press in the First Amendment, right alongside freedom of religion, they telegraphed the importance they placed on the need for freedom of and for information. They did this not out of any particular love for those that would take to the pen or to the printing press, but to protect them, so that they could protect us.
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