Where does the idea of Freedom of the Press originate? In the United States it dates back to our colonial period. In 1735, John Zenger was put on trial for criticizing the colonial governor. He was acquitted by the jury because his criticism was factual. The Freedom of the Press was later included in our First Amendment.
For more information see the link below.
“World Press Day.” History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2017, historyhub.abc-clio.com. Accessed 3 May 2017.