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Freedom of the Press and How It Has Affected the American
Political Process throughout History


Presented in Partial fulfillment of the
Requirement for American Federal Gov 1114
Mark L. Hays
Tulsa Community College




June 13, 2010

Freedom of the Press is a yearly report by U.S-based non-governmental organization freedom house, measuring the level of freedom and editorial independence enjoyed by the press in every nation and significant disputed territories around the world. Levels of freedom are scored on a scale from 1 (most free) to 100 (least free). Depending on the basics, the nations are then classified as "Free", "Partly Free", or "Not Free. The First Amendment clearly guarantees Freedom of the Press; but the limits of that freedom has taken into account the need for some privacy and government exclusions. In other Countries, such as China the freedom of the Press is very minimum and media outlets refrain from criticizing the government. A solid statistics shows how U.S feels about the Press. Two in five college students says the press ought to be more restricted and even more stated the government should approve newspaper stories before readers view them. According to a Random Distribution Sample of College students within the States, out of 250,500 college students. Researched found that 32% believe newspapers should get government approval of stories before printing (Contemporary Author Online 2008). 56% said they should be able to publish freely; and 12% had no idea. When asked whether the Press enjoys “too much freedom,” not enough or just about the right amount, 32% said they enjoyed too much freedom, 37% said it was the fair amount and ten percent said they had too little (Contemporary Author Online, Gale 2008). Going back to the 1960 Presidential Election, many observers consider the...
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