The importance of free press

Our government has been on an ongoing conflict between the its attempts to strengthen and protect itself and the press’s attempts to scrutinize and report on the government. Free press plays a vital role in informing citizens about public affairs and monitoring the actions of governments at all levels.

“No government ought to be free without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.” – Thomas Jefferson

Dictatorship flourishes when the press is silenced. Freedom of press means that the population reading or watching the news have the information they need to make up their own mind.

“When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing the words of a tyrant.” -Thomas Jefferson.

An independent press ensures that citizens stay informed about the actions of their government, creating a forum for debate and the open exchange of ideas.

Journalism exists to beat witness, speak truth to power, and challenge inaccuracy. It is not about “positive” or “negative” coverage. Sentiment is irrelevant in the search for truth and accountability. Coverage that is legitimately negative in pursuit of the truth is not biased. – Al Velshi

It’s up to all of us to continue to appreciate this freedom and demand that it remains protected.

 

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