Monday, February 12, 2007

Seditous libel disappears

"The Zenger verdict vindicated the idea that the press could serve as a guardian of popular liberty by scrutinizing government. Moreover, while royal officials still had authority to suppress seditious libel, they virtually gave up trying to do so after the Zenger trial Between 1735 and the AmericanRevolution, the risk of being tried for seditious libel by British colonial authorities effectively disappeared" (The Creation of the Media, Starr (p. 59) .

Where would we be without freedom of speech! We must always remember our right to free speech. Case in point.... the Dixie Chicks were recognized at the Grammy's for their free speech. Banned from the music business because of words spoken, the tone of our country is changing and with that the realization that without freedom of speech, we have nothing.


At 12:15 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A very good post.

The Zenger trial was a milestone in American press history. Editors still risked being tried but it was harder to convict.

The example of the Dixie Chicks illustrates that there are other means of limiting dissent that do not involve legal prosecution.


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