noun, U.S. Government.
a law enacted in 1966 requiring that government records except those relating to national security, confidential financial data, and law enforcement be made available to the public on request.
noun 1. the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc. The right to speak without censorship or restraint by the government. Freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. (See clear and present danger.)
noun 1. nominal citizenship in a city, conferred as an honor upon important visitors. 2. (formerly) official citizenship in a city, conferred upon distinguished nonresidents.
noun 1. the right to publish newspapers, magazines, and other printed matter without governmental restriction and subject only to the laws of libel, obscenity, sedition, etc. The right to circulate opinions in print without censorship by the government. Americans enjoy freedom of the press under the First Amendment to the Constitution.
noun, International Law. 1. the doctrine that ships of neutral countries may sail anywhere on the high seas without interference by warring powers. noun (international law) 1. the right of ships of all nations to sail the high seas in peacetime 2. (in wartime) the immunity accorded to neutral ships from attack 3. the exclusive […]