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Is a free press necessary for democracy?
A free press enables the publication of unsupported information as fact, misinforming the public.
There are various examples for press outlets having been been criticized for this.
The disastrous coverage of Brexit shows the dangers of free press.
Non-free (e.g. state-controlled) media also publish unsupported information, so this problem is not exclusive to a Free Press.
A free press consists of publications that keep each other in check, thereby unveiling and sanctioning the publication of false or misleading information.