The press, which is a tongue to the eye


Hand drawn, hand screen printed wallpaper


The Liberty of the Press / Knowledge is Power motif is taken from The Poor Man’s Guardian, a penny weekly newspaper published in London from 1831-1835. The image is widely used by The Working Class Movement Library, an independent charitable library based in Salford.

Speaking about ‘Liberty of the Press’, Thomas Paine described the press as being a ‘tongue to the eye’, or equivocal to speech: We are responsible for our words, but we must always have the right to speak.

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