Banned in Boston: America’s First Newspaper – Wall Street Journal

America’s first full-length, four-page newspaper, Publick Occurrences: Both Forreign and Domestick, may be long forgotten, but its anniversary is worth celebrating. What makes its publication 325 years ago, on Sept. 25 memorable? It set a standard for modern newspapers, printing uncensored news and opinion pieces—and the government shut it down after one issue.

Publick Occurrences was the creation in 1690 of Benjamin Harris (1673-1716), a London printer whose newspaper and pamphlets criticized the English government. He…

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