World Press Freedom Day

In the era of “fake news” and “alternate facts”, a truly independent press is a must. Why do you think it is enshrined in the First Amendment? This is a particularly appropriate series for World Press Freedom Day from UNESCO; it contains nine volumes of relevant material including its 2017 publication Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age. Another title worth perusing is Building digital safety for journalism: a survey of selected issues. The World Press Freedom Index shows the United States in 43d position among the world’s countries, a drop of two places since 2016. Previous presidents have marked this day. As of this writing (on May 3 at 1:30pm, EDT), there has been no statement from the current occupant of the White House on the importance of a free press.

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