Transparency is critical to good government.
And protecting the ability of journalists to report what the federal government has done, is doing or is thinking about doing is critical for that transparency.
When the Constitution was crafted, the Founding Fathers envisioned newspapers as a check on government. But to be effective, they also recognized that the publications needed to work without restraint, so the First Amendment was added to the Constitution.
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