We live in a democracy, which means we get a say in who runs the country and we have rights to freedom of expression.
People vote in elections to decide who runs the country. To do this it is important that they know what politicians say and do and what impact this has. We find this out through the media.
One of the important rights in a democracy is a free press. This means that:
The media serves an important role in providing investigative reports, debate, discussion, background and analysis, as well as news stories.
Why do you think the freedom of press is important?
If you lived in a country where the newspapers and TV news only reported what the government wanted then: