Forbes and freedom

Chief Justice Francis Forbes argued that attempts to license and impose duties on the press were intended to cripple or even destroy the circulation of colonial newspapers. He considered the legislation was repugnant to the principle of freedom of the press.

Forbes was praised as a hero by the emancipist population of New South Wales and by the editors of the Australian and the Monitor.

Editorial, The Australian, 1 June 1827, p 3

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