It’s World Press Freedom Day!

It’s what? Well the United Nations has dubbed May 3rd as “World Press Freedom Day.” Needless to say the gang at disinformation don’t take a free “press” (kind of an outdated term, right?) for granted, so we’re pleased to support the initiative:

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World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to:

  • celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  • assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  • defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The focus this year is on three inter-related themes: the media’s importance in developmentthe safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism

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  • Echar Lailoken

    ON THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
    by: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

    WHILE free from Force the Press remains,
    Virtue and Freedom chear our Plains,
    And Learning Largesses bestows,
    And keeps unlicens’d open House.
    We to the Nation’s publick Mart
    Our Works of Wit, and Schemes of Art,
    And philosophic Goods, this Way,
    Like Water carriage, cheap convey.
    This Tree which Knowledge so affords,
    Inquisitors with flaming swords
    From Lay-Approach with Zeal defend,
    Lest their own Paradise should end.

    The Press from her fecundous Womb
    Brought forth the Arts of Greece and Rome;
    Her offspring, skill’d in Logic War,
    Truth’s Banner wav’d in open Air;
    The Monster Superstition fled,
    And hid in Shades in Gorgon Head;
    And awless Pow’r, the long kept Field,
    By Reason quell’d, was forc’d to yield.

    This Nurse of Arts, and Freedom’s Fence,
    To chain, is Treason against Sense:
    And Liberty, thy thousand Tongues
    None silence who design no Wrongs;
    For those who use the Gag’s Restraint,
    First Rob, before they stop Complaint.

  • VaudeVillain

    Glad to hear somebody got around to organizing an official day of mourning for something not directly related to conventional warfare.

    Press Freedom, you will be missed.

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