The Trial of John Peter Zenger By Mr. McAuliffe British soldiers and government officials burn the newspapers published by John Peter Zenger. They were not pleased with the writing in his newspaper because it included information about the government that made their members look bad. Journalist— Someone who writes articles for newspapers or magazines Publisher— Someone who puts out (circulates) a newspaper or book to the public Trial— a debate to see if someone is guilty or innocent of breaking the law Discussion: Do you think people should have the right to criticize their government? Discussion: Have you ever seen examples of people writing about the government (good or bad things)? Zenger is free! This decision was a victory for the idea of freedom of the press. Freedom of the Press the freedom to publish newspapers, magazines, or books without worrying that the government will punish you Reflective Writing Why do you think we are exploring the history of John Peter Zenger’s trial?
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