Musings: Freedom of the Press

Today’s topic is: “World Press Freedom Day! What does freedom of the press mean to you?”

press-freedom

This phrase most often refers to the world of professional journalism: reporting the news to inform the public.

But freedom of the press is also the reason that writers, including myself and millions of others around the world, can freely publish our thoughts, opinions, and insights without censorship. And for that, I am immensely grateful!

2014 Press Freedom map, wikipedia

Unfortunately, this freedom is not universal. According to Wikipedia, the country with the least degree of press freedom was Eritrea (in east Africa), followed by North Korea, Turkmenistan, Syria, China, Vietnam, and Iran.

Please visit the UN’s website to learn more about World Press Freedom Day.

 

~ Phoebe DeCook

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