Free speech and journalism are at the core of what it means to be an American. Thomas Jefferson famously said if he had to decide between government without newspapers or newspapers without government he’d prefer the latter.
Today, we take news gathering for granted. If something important happens, we assume we’ll read, hear or see it almost instantly and learn as much as we want about what’s going on, who’s behind it and the implications for us as individuals and a society.
That assumption is predicated on constitutional protections for people expressing themselves and journalists reporting on what they’ve learned.