Evolution of the press conference:
Cave men drop boulders on pesky reporters.
Pharaohs execute pesky reporters.
Kings, Emperors and Czars throw pesky reporters in dungeons for years before executing them.
Enlightenment: United States becomes first nation to enshrine freedom of the press in its core statement of rights and freedoms, the Bill of Rights. Other western nation and ultimately many other nations adopt similar practices. Tyrannical regimes in the Soviet Union, Communist China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and others continue to resist.
Eventually even the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev institutes perestroika and glasnost (liberalized press freedoms), the Soviet Union falls, and is replaced by the Russian federation with Boris Yeltsin, free competitive press and fair and open elections.
A former KGB top official who resents the breakup of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin, takes over Russia and returns to murdering journalists and political rivals.
Russia installs a puppet fake “president” in the United States who wages war on the media, calls it “fake news” and the “enemy of the people” and supports tyrants who murder journalists.