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.
May 19, 2017 – Barely noticed in a May 16 New York Times article by NewsGuild-CWA member Michael S. Schmidt was this gem: “Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one […]
“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 Journalists are supposed to ask questions. It’s their job to question authority, government officials and ordinary people. In order to accurately report the news, to get to the bottom of the issues of the day and unfolding events, journalists must be able to probe, prod, challenge, raise doubt and elicit information. April […]