The freedom of the press was suppressed in Nazi Germany via Goebbels’ Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda agency. This guaranteed that every news story, book, play, piece of music or even film would have to be approved directly by the Nazi government, this reduced the media to nothing more than a propaganda machine, and solidified Hitler's cult of personality. German citizens were therefore kept ignorant of reality, while the Nazi party carried out some of the worst crimes against humanity ever committed.
Such a valuable lesson that could have been gleamed from the Nazi regime did not fully surface straight after the war however, as America went on to suppress information about the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Although the US has since made some changes is it ranked behind Western Europe and Canada for press freedom until present, due to antiquated defamation laws and a lack of whistle-blower protection. The press has come under attack increasingly in recent years here also, with politicians such as Donald Trump attacking the media as “fake news” in an attempt to undermine them and derail difficult conversation.
Looking at the worldwide Press Freedom Index or the Freedom of the Press report, shows us there are real problems with this worldwide, with large swathes of the world ranking very low on press freedom. With freedom of press being protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights we still risk living in a world where much of the world’s population are controlled, apathetic or kept in the dark regarding the society they live in. According to groups like Reporters Without Borders more than a third of the world's populations still live in such areas with no press freedom today, and in a time when fake news is rampant and faith in the media is low, a truly free media is of the utmost importance.