On Freedom of the Press (5)

Marx, Karl
Date Written:  1842-05-15
Publisher:  Rheinische Zeitung
Year Published:  1842
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX10941

A censorship law is an impossibility because it seeks to punish not offences but opinions, because it cannot be anything but a formula for the censor, because no state has the courage to put in general legal terms what it can carry out in practice through the agency of the censor. For that reason, too, the operation of the censorship is entrusted not to the courts but to the police.

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