Liberty of the Press (1825)
One of the articles James Mill wrote for the Encyclopedia Britannica.
“Liberty of the Press” in Supplement to the Encyclopedia Britannica (London: J. Innes, 1825).
The text is in the public domain.
- Author: James Mill
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Table of Contents
- LIBERTY OF THE PRESS.
- I.: Nature and Objects of the Inquiry.
- II.: Offences of the Press with respect to Private Rights.
- Such Offences should be defined.
- Compensation should be made to the individual for injuries sustained by Offences of the Press.
- Means which should be used for preventing the violation of Rights by the Press.
- Whether any Imputation by which Truth is not violated, should be considered an Offence by the Press.
- III.: Offences of the Press with respect to Government.
- Exhortations to obstruct the operations of Government in detail, should; Exhortations to resist all the powers of Government at once should not, be considered offences.
- Of Exhortations to obstruct the Operations of Government, in detail, there are two Sorts: 1. The Direct, 2. The Implied, or Constructive.
- Exhortations which are Implied and Constructive, ought not to be punished.
- Freedom of Censure on the Conduct of their Rulers, is necessary for the good of the People.
- In matters of Government, undeserved praise as mischievous as undeserved Blame.
- Freedom of Censure on the Institutions of Government is necessary for the good of the People.
- IV.: Limitations to Freedom of Discussion, which involve its destruction.