Reflections on World Press Freedom Day

This year’s theme for the 2017 World Press Freedom Day “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies” is one of the most important days honouring press freedom. Inevitably, the impact of media has the power to transform societies through enlightenment and active citizenry. Observers occasionally refer to the [...]

Independence of Journalism

Mark Twain famously said that “it is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.” In his unpublished introduction to Animal Farm, devoted to “literary censorship” in free England, George Orwell added [...]

Reporter “Manhandled” by FCC Security Guards for Asking Question

an award-winning reporter is speaking out after he was attacked and forced to leave the Federal Communications Commission headquarters Thursday—all for trying to ask a question. John Donnelly of CQ Roll Call said he tried to ask FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly a question after a press conference had ended. But two FCC security guards reportedly [...]