In the midst of a pandemic, we need to receive factual and reliable news now more than ever. Unfortunately, it appears that the rampage of a deadly virus is not a reason for some people in power to protect their own interests. As we all know, the freedom of the press is what ensures that the information we are getting from the newspaper and TV programs are fact-based and unbiased. It is this freedom to determine the truth and deliver this truth as it is to the public that protects us from the dangerous vested interest of certain personalities. By stripping off press freedom, we can’t be sure that the information we are reading or hearing somewhere is correct.
Why do governments show interest to control the material coming out of the press media? We might all be familiar already with leaders calling out news outlets for spreading fake news against them.
For one, it is true that the spread of fake news must be stopped, but what makes fake news fake? Do they only call a news fake when it holds the ugly truth about them?
It Is Our Time To Step Up When Journalists Are Being Silenced To Bring Out The Truth
From every corner of the world, we can hear stories of governments tightening their grip to power and influence by silencing their critics. What is worse is the fact that those who are merely delivering the news to the public are also being silenced. The media is supposedly a neutral entity, but it is now being targeted by draconian rule in an effort to filter all the information that the people will hear.
In this case, we are certain that democracy is under blatant attack by the very people that should be protecting it for our sake. This is our time to step up and be the voice of the media, demanding the truth and nothing but the truth. Knowing that the government uses our taxes to fund their every action, we should not give them a free pass to do such a vile thing.
At the end of the day, truth shall prevail. There are no usps hours to be wasted in protecting democracy. Let our voices be heard to let the government know that we will not allow anyone to manipulate the news and information for his or her personal gain, because every fact is a matter of life and death for the ordinary people.