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The Amendment also stipulates that news agencies are not obligated to print opposing viewpoints. In Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974), the Court unanimously struck down a state law requiring newspapers criticizing political candidates to publish their responses. The state claimed that the law had been passed to ensure journalistic responsibility. The Supreme Court found that freedom, but not responsibility, is mandated by the First Amendment and so it ruled that the government may not force newspapers to publish that which they do not desire to publish. That freedom is extended to all forms of Press, including this very website.
As of 2012 The United States ranks a pathetic 48th in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index. This is a measure of freedom available to the press, encompassing areas such as government censorship, and not indicative of the quality of journalism. This was a fall from 20th in 2010, which was attributed to arrests of journalists covering the Occupy movement. Forty eighth in the world is a despicable record of censorship and press gagging.
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