„We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital. If“

As quoted in "McCain says suppressing free press is 'how dictators get started'" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mccain-idUSKBN15Y07R?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social (19 February 2017), Reuters
2010s, 2017
Kontext: I hate the press; I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital. If you want to preserve - I'm very serious now - if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started. They get started by suppressing free press. In other words, a consolidation of power. When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press... [W]e need to learn the lessons of history.

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John McCain
US-amerikanischer Politiker 1936 - 2018

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„We needed to have the press be our friend.“

—  Sharron Angle Former member of the Nevada Assembly from 1999 to 2007 1949

interview with Carl Cameron on Fox News Channel, 2010-08-02

Kontext: Sharron Angle: We needed to have the press be our friend.
Carl Cameron: Wait a minute. Hold on a second. To be your friend…?
Sharron Angle: Well, truly—
Carl Cameron: That sounds naive.
Sharron Angle: Well, no. We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.

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Bhakti Tirtha Swami Foto

„That is the nature of free will. We have the full ability to make a selection; we can press any button we please. However, when we press a button we have to take responsibility for what happens. The reaction is predestined, but is activated by our choice.“

—  Bhakti Tirtha Swami American Hindu writer 1950 - 2005

Quelle: Books, Spiritual Warrior, Volume I: Uncovering Spiritual Truths in Psychic Phenomena (Hari-Nama Press, 1996), Chapter 4: Fire and Brimstone, Horns and Tail, p. 65

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Donald J. Trump Foto

„We don't have freedom of the press in this country, we have suppression of the press“

—  Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946

In a phone interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News November 29, 2020
2020, November 2020

Hugo Black Foto

„Aristocrats need not be rich, but they must be free, and in the modern world freedom grows rarer the more we prate about it.“

—  Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995

Osbert Sitwell (1945).

William O. Douglas Foto

„It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies. We need all the ingenuity we possess to avert the holocaust.“

—  William O. Douglas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1898 - 1980

"The One Un-American Act," Speech to the Author's Guild Council in New York, on receiving the 1951 Lauterbach Award
Other speeches and writings

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Terence McKenna Foto

„What needs to be done is that fundamental, ontological conceptions of reality need to be redone. We need a new language, and to have a new language we must have a new reality…“

—  Terence McKenna American ethnobotanist 1946 - 2000

Psychedelic Society (1984)
Kontext: Our ability to destroy ourselves is the mirror image of our ability to save ourselves, and what is lacking is the clear vision of what should be done... What needs to be done is that fundamental, ontological conceptions of reality need to be redone. We need a new language, and to have a new language we must have a new reality... A new reality will generate a new language, a new language will fix a new reality, and make it part of this reality.

„Nothing could be more misleading than the idea that computer technology introduced the age of information. The printing press began that age, and we have not been free of it since.“

—  Neil Postman American writer and academic 1931 - 2003

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985)
Kontext: In the Middle Ages, there was a scarcity of information but its very scarcity made it both important and usable. This began to change, as everyone knows, in the late 15th century when a goldsmith named Gutenberg, from Mainz, converted an old wine press into a printing machine, and in so doing, created what we now call an information explosion.... Nothing could be more misleading than the idea that computer technology introduced the age of information. The printing press began that age, and we have not been free of it since.

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„We think we have got freedom of the press. When one millionaire has ten newspapers and ten million people have no newspapers—that is not freedom of the press.“

—  Anastas Mikoyan Russian revolutionary and Soviet statesman 1895 - 1978

Traveling With Mikoyan Quote By Quote (1959)

Jacob Rees-Mogg Foto

„We need to be free to do deals with the rest of the world. We must be out of the protectionist common external tariff which mainly protects inefficient EU industries at the cost to British consumers.“

—  Jacob Rees-Mogg British politician 1969

Jacob Rees-Mogg says Treasury 'fiddling figures' on Brexit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42929071 BBC News (3 February 2018)
2018

Barack Obama Foto

„We support freedom of assembly, and freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, a free and open Internet, strong civil societies, because the voices of the people must be heard and leaders must be held accountable -- even though it’s uncomfortable sometimes. […] We support strong institutions and independent judiciaries and open government, because the rule of force must give way to the rule of law.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2014, Queensland University Address (November 2014)
Kontext: America supports free and fair elections, because citizens must be free to choose their own leaders -- as in Thailand where we are urging a quick return to inclusive, civilian rule. We support freedom of assembly, and freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, a free and open Internet, strong civil societies, because the voices of the people must be heard and leaders must be held accountable -- even though it’s uncomfortable sometimes. [... ] We support strong institutions and independent judiciaries and open government, because the rule of force must give way to the rule of law. And in that same fashion, the United States will continue to stand up for the inherent dignity of every human being. Now, dignity begins with the most basic of needs -- a life free of hunger and disease and want.

Terry Pratchett Foto

„Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.“

—  Terry Pratchett, buch Wyrd Sisters

Cited in Power Quotes: For Life, Business, and Leadership (2018) by Danai Krokou, ISBN 1-63157-750-6
General sources
Quelle: Wyrd Sisters

Nelson Mandela Foto

„A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favour. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens.“

—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013

Nelson Mandela on freedom of expression, At the international press institute congress (14 February 1994). Source: From Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations © 2010 by Nelson R. Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation http://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/mini-site/selected-quotes
1990s

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„We need to codify our values and build consensus around what we want from a free society and a free internet. We need to put into law protections for our privacy and our right to speak and assemble.“

—  Heather Brooke American journalist 1970

The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/20/we-should-all-be-hactivists "We should all be hacktivists now", Column in the Guardian, 20 April 2012.
Attributed, In the Media

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