612 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 79 PART 4 JULY 2021
Most lawyers—or at least many of their clients—hope to avoid the attention
of the news media and know all too well the effort needed to interact
with a clumsy government, let alone a malevolent one (or its agents). Their
favourite pillar of governance is naturally the rule of law, although other
constitutional pillars such as Parliament and legislatures, executives, democratic
norms and a resourceful and free press are of equal importance. But
whether they and their clients can live with a free press, they certainly cannot
live without one.
Disclosure: There are librarians in my family.
1. “All the News That’s Fit to Print”, published by the
2. Proper nouns being what they are, there is only one
newspaper in the world named The Times. It is published
in London, England.
3. New York Times Co v United States, 403 US 713
4. 376 US 254 (1964).
5. By contrast, minions are now zany, cheerful, inept,
incomprehensible and dressed in blue and yellow.