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Quotation

Satire must always accompany any free society. It is an absolute necessity. Even in the most repressive medieval kingdoms, they understood the need for the court jester, the one soul allowed to tell the truth through laughter. It is, in many ways, the most powerful form of free speech because it is aimed at those in power, or those whose ideas would spread hate.

— Joe Randazzo, the former editor of well known American satirical publication The Onion, writing for MSNBC (Freedom of speech cannot be killed).