May 20-27 was a week that left journalists, world leaders and many Americans shaking their heads. By Lena Williams Indeed, the week of May 20-27 may well be remembered for a series of incidents that either emboldened or undermined the rights of a free press, along with Americans’ right to know.
“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy.” Nelson Mandela By Lena Williams May 19, 2017 – On May 3, journalists, watchdog groups and defenders of the press marked the 24th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day with a sobering international assessment on the state of press freedom. The observance was […]
“The NewsGuild-CWA condemns the arrest of radio reporter Dan Heyman on May 9, 2017,” said President Bernie Lunzer. “This is a chilling attack on the right to report. Every journalist across the country should take notice.” The arrest is part of a pattern of escalating attacks on the media since the Trump administration took office, […]
By Lena Williams It was shaping up to be a major courtroom showdown between the federal government and Twitter in a battle over freedom of speech. The US Customs and Border Protection Service was demanding that Twitter hand over the identity of and information about an anonymous account that had posted messages critical of the […]
By Lena Williams – I’m a middle-aged African-American woman and I’m not voting for Donald Trump for president. I’m not voting for Trump not necessarily because I’m black and he has repeatedly demeaned members of my race saying we are living in poverty, have no jobs, our schools are no good and 58 percent of […]