Insulting Politicians Can be Risky But Criticizing the Press is Good Politics

In the Press · April 29, 2016

“Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of everything, and in no instance is this more true than in that of the press.” – James Madison (1800)

I recently taught freedom of speech law to students in Slovenia. I explained that here, under the First Amendment, we can say pretty much whatever we like. We can criticize politicians and insult public figures without fear of punishment.

In that sense, we are different from most countries, including Turkey, where press freedom has been going downhill for years.

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