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Who wrote that only guilty people fear free speech?

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When Benjamin Franklin was 16 years old, the state of Massachusetts imprisoned his brother for criticizing the government. In response, Franklin used an alias to write a commentary about free speech in which he quoted the following from a London newspaper: "Guilt only dreads Liberty of Speech, which drags it out of its lurking Holes, and exposes its Deformity and Horror to Daylight." He also quoted these statements: "Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness of Speech," and in "those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own."

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