Press freedom threats in the US prompt writers to sign petition

Press freedom threats in the US prompt writers to sign petition
By Roy Greenslade

With journalists under pressure in countries across the world, it is important for democratic countries to safeguard press freedom in their own backyards

Press freedom is essential to democracy. You cannot have one without the other. That is a statement of fact, not a boast. It follows that the activity specifically created to exercise press freedom – namely, journalism – has to be nurtured and protected.

Yet in countries across the world, journalism is under persistent attack. In Iraq and Syria, journalists have long been unable to operate freely. Nor can they do so in the countries fighting a proxy war in that region, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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July 18, 2016 at 08:54AM
via US news | The Guardian http://ift.tt/2a2YNqp

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