“As the [COVID-19] pandemic spreads, it has also given rise to a second pandemic of misinformation, from harmful health advice to wild conspiracy theories. The press provides the antidote: verified, scientific, fact-based news and analysis.”
– UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
Today is the observation of Press Freedom Day.
Looking back on the past three years in the United States, I am both disappointed and worried for the freedom of the press. It is one of the most important concepts enshrined in our Constitution. I have watched not only the President run roughshod over the press, but I have witnessed the Republican party grab onto his coattails to lie, to offer misinformation, to defame, and to endanger the press across this country and the world.
We should all remember the sacrifices made by journalists throughout the world, whether they’re covering politics, environment, culture, war zones, and any other subject. They deserve and have earned our admiration and our support.
UN’s Observance of Press Freedom Day
Previous Observances (after clicking the link, scroll to the bottom of the page for the list)
Society of Professional Journalists
Committee to Protect Journalists
[In honor and memory of all those journalists injured and killed while doing their jobs and getting the information to the public.]