Free and Independent Press Is Indispensable For a Democratic Society
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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In recent months, I’ve received quite a few comments and questions regarding the position of press/media during Trump Administration.
In case any one needs a bit of refresher on the topic of Freedom of Press, allow me to share this very important Bill of Rights, Amendment 1-Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press. and excerpt from Wikipedia, in italics, below:
Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through various mediums, such as electronic media and published materials. Wherever such freedom exists mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state; its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections.
With respect to governmental information, any government may distinguish which materials are public or protected from disclosure to the public. State materials are protected due to either of two reasons: the classification of information as sensitive, classified or secret, or the relevance of the information to protecting the national interest. Many governments are also subject to sunshine laws or freedom of information legislation that are used to define the ambit of national interest.
The United Nations‘ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”.
This philosophy is usually accompanied by legislation ensuring various degrees of freedom of scientific research (known as scientific freedom), publishing, and press. The depth to which these laws are entrenched in a country’s legal system can go as far down as its constitution. The concept of freedom of speech is often covered by the same laws as freedom of the press, thereby giving equal treatment to spoken and published expression. Despite “freedom of opinion and expression” implemented in the United Nation’s 1948 Declaration of Human Rights, some countries continue to have laws prohibiting journalists, television presenters, media-outlets and media-officials of any kind from expressing their personal political opinions, (known as censorship).
As for the status of free press during the current Trump Administration, let’s take a look at a MSNBC video on “Truth About President Donald Trump Administration Is Only Coming From The Press”
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