News for general public consumption was initially closely controlled by authorities. From 1530, England had established a licensing system to the media and prohibited“seditious remarks”. Underneath the Licensing Act, book was limited to accepted pressesas exemplified by The London Gazette, which logically bore the words:”Released By Authority”. (During this age, the Stamp Act restricted newspaper distribution by simply making them costly to sell and purchase.)
Back in France, censorship was more constant. Thus, many Europeans read papers originating from outside their national boundaries –notably from the Dutch Republic, where publishers can evade state censorship. The distribute of newspaper along with the printing media from China into Europe preceded a significant progress from the transmission of news.
With the spread of printing presses and also the production of new markets at the 1500s, information failed a change from factual and exact financial reporting, to some more emotive and freewheeling arrangement. Relation aller Fürnemmen und gedenckwürdigen Historien, from 1605, is known as the world’s first formalized’paper’; whilst not a’paper’ in today’s sense, the Historical Roman acta diurna served a similar function circa 131 BC.