Don't Arrest the Press!

Along with an informed electorate, a free and independent press is one of the three pillars of a democratic society. But increasingly, we see government and law enforcement agencies adopting

* independent journalists risk arrest when covering political protests
* journalists are threatened with imprisonment for refusing to name anonymous sources

Every time a journalist is arrested while doing his or her job, how many more journalists become scared to do their jobs?

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey