One of the cornerstones of our democracy is a free and independent press. It holds our government accountable and allows us to actively participate in our democracy. We must protect the press as an institution from attacks by public officials.
There’s nothing more important to a functioning democracy than an informed, engaged, public. That’s why we need an independent and constitutionally-protected free press that reports the facts voters need. It’s no secret that the first target of any authoritarian regime is journalists. Common Cause believes the press must be protected as an institution from attacks by public officials. But recently, the free press has been under constant attack by the Trump Administration; that makes this a critical time to educate the public about the importance of an independent press that can report on issues without bias and with full transparency. Even more important, we need to make sure the public is informed and able to choose between reliable and unreliable sources, in order to form opinions based on facts.
Journalism is more dangerous – and more under threat – than at any point in the last decade, according to a report, which found that 78 journalists were killed last year while doing their job.
The rise of authoritarian governments and the threat of Internet censorship has redoubled pressures on reporters globally, according to the human rights organization Article 19, which found that a further 326 journalists were imprisoned for their work during 2017, a substantial increase on the previous year. More than half of those behind bars were held in Turkey, China, and Egypt, often on char