Iowa State University: Letter from the editor – The free press isn’t free

By Emily Barske

Apr 6, 2018 

The freedom of press is essential, but it isn’t free. It is a crucial part of our democracy, but it is only as valuable as the appreciation Americans give it.

The freedom of press, granting news organizations the right to independence from government restriction, has long provided journalism the opportunity to be the fourth estate. This freedom allows journalists to pursue stories in the best interest of the people, rather than the best interest of the government.

At the Daily, the freedom of press has allowed us to report on how much the university spends on lawsuits, write front-page editorials raising the issue of lagging state funding for higher education and create a series about how proposed housing laws would impact students.

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