Meaning of “free press” in the English Dictionary

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"free press" in British English

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free pressnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌfriː ˈpres/ us /ˌfriː ˈpres/

If a country has a free press, its newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations are able to express any opinions they want, even if these criticize the government and other organizations:

How can there be democratic elections without a free press?

(Definition of “free press” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)