Tuesday, August 20, 2013

This is what democracy looks like?


"Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, wrote Monday that two British 'security agents' affiliated with the U.K.'s intelligence agency entered the newspaper's office and destroyed hard drives in an effort to thwart reporting on surveillance programs disclosed by former government contractor Edward Snowden.
Rusbridger recalled that a little more than two months ago he received a phone call from a 'very senior government official' who claimed to be serving as a proxy for British Prime Minister David Cameron. The call led to a pair of meetings during which the official demanded the return or destruction of the Snowden material. Then, a little more than a month ago, Rusbridger said he received a phone call 'from the centre of government.'"

Journalism is known as the "4th Estate" in the US.  It is mentioned in our Constitution so it can remain free from governmental interference.  Thus did our Founding Fathers proclaim the importance of a free press.

But in the name of security, governments around the world are pushing against freedom of the press, including our own.  Without a free press, there is no voice of dissension available.  Without a free press, there is no outlet for exposing wrongs in the government.  We need a free press.

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