The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premisses of which no one has yet dared to draw the conclusions that will follow in a thousand years.
It is a free press – a press that is more than free – a press which is licensed to say any infamous thing it chooses about a private or a public man, or advocate any outrageous doctrine it pleases. It is tied in no way. The public opinion which should hold it in bounds it has itself degraded to its own level. There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad.[La presse libre peut sans doute être bonne ou mauvaise, mais assurément, sans la liberté, elle ne sera jamais autre chose que mauvaise.]