Following the publication of the laws of King Charles X (1824-30) suspending the liberty of the press in 1830, several lawsuits were taken out against the press (including Le National, La Tribune and La Caricature) over the next few years. In the foreground of Ne vous y frottez pas ('Don't meddle around') 'a defiant printer is seen with his feet planted firmly before the words "Liberty of the Press". To his left an impatient King (Louis-Philippe) strides forward to attack the press, pushed by Persil (Minister of Justice) but restrained by Thiers (the politician Adolphe Thiers). To his right is a cautionary tale of the former King Charles X, who was brought down by his restrictive policies.' (E. Mongan, The Armand Hammer Daumier Collection, The Armand Hammer Foundation, Los Angeles)
The lithograph was issued in L'Association mensuelle in March 1834.