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, […]
Members of the NewsGuild-CWA marked World Press Freedom Day on May 3 by launching a campaign to protect the Right to Report. The union is asking all those who treasure freedom of the press to sign a petition and join the fight to protect this cherished right. Press Freedom Day has special significance for Americans […]