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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America “...or of the press...” With these four words, those who framed the Bill of Rights -- the first 10 amendments to the Constitution -- forever coupled the concept of free speech with that of a free press. By doing so, they ensured that the press should never be beholden to the government about which it is charged with reporting. I believe this prohibition from interfering with the press lies not just with Congress, but with all officials, from the president down to those elected and appointed to serve locally.