John Peter Zenger

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John Peter Zenger (October 26, 1697 – July 28, 1746) was a printer, publisher, editor and journalist whose indictment, trial and acquittal on sedition and libel charges (against the then Governor William Cosby of the New York Colony) in 1734 was an important contributing factor to the development of the freedom of the press in America.


  • Entitle us to the Liberty of proving the Truth of the Papers, which in the Information are called false, malicious, seditious and scandalous.
    • "Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger", pg. 17

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