Submitted by ub on Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:18

Nobody understood the value of a free press more than Thomas Jefferson. In 1787 he wrote, “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.”

As president he later wrote, “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper,” he went on to write. “Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”

Freedom of The Press in US ranks among the broadest in the world. Citizens and news media organizations in countries China to Russia do not enjoy the same protections.

In many parts of the world, journalists are regularly censored, or harassed, and even imprisoned for simply for doing their jobs and challenging, or criticizing government officials.

In this area legal arena, the United States of America remains the best world wide example.

May 3rd is International Press Freedom Day. Freedom of information is the foundation of democracy, and yet almost half the world's population is still denied it. This is why JOURNALISM has never been more important.

Denounces all breaches of information freedom, acts to oppose any form of censorship, and support journalists needing urgent help wherever they are.