There should always be a free press in any society. It is wrong for the government to control the media and therefore control the flow of information and the message that the public receives. Reporters and journalists should be given every protection under the first amendment possible to keep a free press.
If a government controls the media, it controls all information that the population receives. This is a totalitarian state. If no one can learn the truth through media, then the lies fed to them by the government becomes the only truth they know. Governments should have absolutely no control over media.