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Is a free press necessary for democracy?
Competition for readers leads to the publication of what is popular, not what is right or what is needed.
Media with the most reach require funding, which can lead to the content of those media being influenced by those who provide the funding.
Freedom of the Press can lead to a search for scandal.
This would be the case in a free or censored press.
Many readers value high-quality, factually correct content, and competition should thus ensure that such content is published, ensuring that the Press continues its function supporting democracy