A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
The most effective check and balance on government has been an independent press which maintains its credibility by ensuring that its criticism is balanced and based on fact - based indeed on solid journalistic work.
One of the unsung freedoms that go with a free press is the freedom not to read it.
We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital.
A free press is the cornerstone of democracy; there is no question about that.