Press Freedom Day

Submitted by ub on Sun, 05/03/2020 - 07:20

May 3 is World Press Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

One of the roles of any journalist is to hold officials accountable for the voiceless. Any bureaucrat who fights the press calling it "biased information" or "fake news" while insisting on their version of "truthful information" is a fake leader that dangerously deepens divisions across their nation which he helped divide in recent years by race, class, religion, and by trash-talking politics. This is the real enemy of the people.

So, if you think your mother loves you, check it out. A simply direct, but shocking thought for those who are writing the first draft of history. This is some of what I tell young journalism students. One of the highest honors I recall is being told by a late, ruthless dictator that I asked him ugly questions.

I began my news career decades ago as a student intern for Post-Newsweek Station WPLG-TV. At one time these two publications The Washington Post and Newsweek Magazine were partners and attached at the hip. I went. on to establish and launch a couple of newsrooms and media organizations as well as to serve VOA in DC and The Associated Press in NYC - The world's oldest news cooperative, now celebrating nearly 170 years of spreading the truth throughout the globe.

KNOWING EMPOWERS US. Knowing helps us decide. Knowing keeps us free. For more than 140 years The Washington Post has been a key part of democracy.

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Professor Roberto FE Soto, Multilingual Communicator