We are in the information age….which is simply an advancement of the introduction of the ‘printing press’ ….what does it mean?
It means that the Press, Media Houses are mega important to our social cultural psychological life….
we need to be informed whether we use offline or online sources or a combination of both….so most if not all of us have love for our Press and recognize the importance of Freedom of the Press….
but wait ..not so fast…not so fast! …
even with all that love…. is it enough to say Happy World Press Freedom Day or to say…
The World (better) Press Freedom Day!
Here is why?….We press and public alike better Press Freedom Day because;
- Evaluating press freedom around the world
So let us evaluate; the Press has freedom to protect its sources, to promote awareness of important information….who decides what information is important to make it Press worthy and what information is stifled and considered not Press worthy…and because of the importance of the Press, this 1 decision can have mega effects globally…so sure support for freedom of the Press…but this is the group that is leading our age in a big way since they deal with the collateral of our times “INFORMATION” …so the Public better Press freedom day and monitor the Press for good ethical practices and policies by ensuring they have the relevant monitoring bodies
- Defending the media from attacks on their independence
Of course….even with these monitoring bodies we realize that many would love to control the Press and media and with good reason..so sure it is important to support media independence…but then again what about when the media goes on and on and on without limits making difficult for ‘persons of interest’ to live their life independently because of making them the Press star of the moment…paparazzi anyone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2smz_1L2_0 does being independent make it okay to sensationalize someone’s life for views ….guess we all better Press Freedom
- Paying tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession
And of course our journalists and the like ought to be able to carry out their profession with freedom from fear, bullying and sabotage..can we all do the same? https://www.healthyplace.com/personality-disorders/malignant-self-love/abuse-by-proxy/
- Serving as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom
Okay great so on a mega ideal level we have a conversation going…but what about those Monica’s out there (yes it was so intense, a last name is not even required) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_8y0WLm78U
- Journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered
No no no we cannot agree to harassment of our Press…yet under the radar…abuse by proxy takes place and it is when someone in authority engages the media to target for harassment their ‘person of interest’ https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-articles-information/documentaries-focus-on-domestic-violence-by-proxy#.WurcIogvyyI
So encouraging and developing initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide …
what is the state of press freedom worldwide? guess it depends on where we are standing…either way we all better Press World Freedom Day…press and public alike and encourage and develop initiatives in favour of ‘press freedom’ and by that we do mean ‘press freedom’ = freedom for press & freedom for public to support free information flow