Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Christina Prignano Globe staff August 16, 2018 Thursday morning, the editorial pages of more than 350 newspapers around the country were filled with arguments in support of a free and independent press in response to a call from The Boston Globe’s editorial board to confront President Trump’s recent attacks on the media. The nationwide push generated widespread reaction, from the president himself to professional sports figures. Former secretary of state John Kerry cited his experience traveling to areas of the world where media is restricted in offering his support. I traveled to 91 countries as Secretary of State: believe me, the places where the press is under assault are the places where other freedoms are in jeopardy too. Never take it for granted. #FreePress— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) August 16, 2018 Advertisement Members of … [Read more...] about Editorial effort in support of the free press sparks both praise and pushback
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Editorials By THE EDITORIAL BOARD AUG. 15, 2018 Opinion A Free Press Needs You By The Editorial Board In 1787, the year the Constitution was adopted, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote to a friend, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” That’s how he felt before he became president, anyway. Twenty years later, after enduring the oversight of the press from inside the White House, he was less sure of its value. “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper,” he wrote. “Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” Jefferson’s discomfort was, and remains, understandable. Reporting the news in an open society is an enterprise laced with conflict. His discomfort also illustrates the need for the right he helped enshrine. As the founders … [Read more...] about A Free Press Needs You
By Josh Brodesky Published 12:00 am CDT, Saturday, August 11, 2018 Photo: AL DRAGO /NYT Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A supporter of President Donald Trump holds up a sign referencing QAnon, a fringe movement that discusses several loosely connected and vaguely defined and baseless conspiracy theories, during a rally Aug. 2 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Trump devoted the majority of his time targeting the news media, deriding the reporters present as fake, fake disgusting news. less A supporter of President Donald Trump holds up a sign referencing QAnon, a fringe movement that discusses several loosely connected and vaguely defined and baseless conspiracy theories, during a rally Aug. 2 in ... more Photo: AL DRAGO /NYT A free press is vital to the people, not the enemy 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Recently, President … [Read more...] about A free press is vital to the people, not the enemy
Noel St. John/National Press Club Emilio Gutierrez Soto, a journalist who fled certain assassination in his native Mexico, has just been released from an immigrant detention center in Texas. He and his son Oscar were detained by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) last December, two months after Emilio received an award from the National Press Club, where he publicly denounced the asylum process. Last week, a federal judge ordered both Emilio and Oscar released, noting that evidence suggested that Emilio was targeted by ICE for speaking out. Gutierrez Soto’s case is emblematic of the cruelty of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants and asylum-seekers, as well as Trump’s increasingly vitriolic disdain for the free press. In 2005, Emilio wrote a series of articles documenting corruption in the Mexican army in his home state of Chihuahua. He refused to stop reporting, and, in 2008, received an urgent call from a friend who had heard that Emilio … [Read more...] about Emilio Gutierrez Soto’s fight for asylum and a free press
Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Aug 5, 2018 “(The people) have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right, to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” — John Adams, 1765 President Donald Trump last week called many media outlets “the enemy of the American people.” His press secretary, when given the chance to retract, deny, or at least clarify that statement, refused to do so, instead listing off times that she herself has felt mistreated by journalists. Presidents come and go. So do press secretaries. Ideas stick around longer. The idea of a free press, for example, as essential to America — protected by the First Amendment of our Constitution — predates this President by nearly 230 years. So when the idea that the press is the “enemy” of America starts to float, we ought to be concerned. After all, you can name … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: If a free press is the ‘enemy,’ then who is your friend?