This Nation, I suspect, can live in peace without libel suits based on public discussions of public affairs and public officials. But I doubt that a country can live in freedom where its people can be made to suffer physically or financially for criticizin their government, its actions, or its officials. … An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment. … I regret tha the Court has stopped short of this holding indispensible to preserve our free press from destruction.

Hugo Black (1886-1971) American politician and jurist, US Supreme Court Justice (1937-71)
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964) – concurring opinion
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