In the USA we have a wonderful set of channels that broadcast under the umbrella of “PBS” which stands for Public Broadcasting Service. It’s wonderful because they really do provide a service to the public and citizens don’t have to pay for cable or satellite TV to view the programs.
At Bubblews (an online writing community that closed its doors Nov 2015 because of “difficulties”) they had a tagline which said “Speak freely. Write your world.” I like that!
Each day in the evening, Monday through Friday, the PBS News Hour presents informative, fact-filled reports on what happening in the country and around the world. At the beginning of 2015, there was a report about three (3) journalists who are in prison. They are accused of participating in terrorist activities because they are / were employed by a particular news organization and they was going to be a retrial.
REFERENCE: A look back at a significant event at the beginning of the year; report dated January 1, 2015 – Will a retrial in Egypt free three jailed journalists?
QUESTION: Is the idea of locking up journalists new news?
Found an interesting historical note about a US journalist named Jon Peter Zenger. He published the New York ‘Weekly Journal’ and got himself thrown into prison for attacking the colonial administration. He was accused of libel. Libel is when you publish a statement, report, etc. – without due cause – which has the result of or with the intent of discrediting a person (or organization) and/or destroying the subject’s good reputation.
Fortunately, Mr. Zenger had a good lawyer. Alexander Hamilton argued that if he was telling the truth, then that was sufficient to prove that he was not guilty. Zing!! Zenger was acquitted of all charges.
IMPORT and APPLICATION TO TODAY’S WORLD:
This trial helped promote freedom of the press in America and supported integrity in journalism. Let’s hope the 3 journalists serving time in a jail in Egypt have a fearless legal team that can defend them and secure their release. The world needs honest news reporters who just do their jobs and tell the truth.
AGREE or DISAGREE.
HONORING America’s Leaders:
– John Peter Zenger (1697 – 1746)
– Alexander Hamilton (1755 – 1804)
* Happy 2016!!! *
Freedom is always on my New Year’s wish list.
- Egypt leads in countries with poor press freedom with 58 jailed journalists(nation.co.ke)
- Egypt ranks 2nd worst in world for jailing of journalists(nsnbc.me)
- How to set a journalist free from jail(cjr.org)
- China, Egypt & Iran worst jailers of journalists(worldbulletin.net)