The debate over media is the enemy of people was much in the limelight, the previous week. In response to the US President Donald Trump’s remark calling the free press as the ‘enemy of people’, over 350 media houses in America including The Boston Globe and The New York Times, launched a campaign attacking the president Trump comments on media. As per a video from The Boston Globe, 43% of the Republicans believe that ” The President should have the authority to shut down news outlets” and 51% of the Republicans believe that the news media is the enemy of the American people. The Boston Globe also posted the following on Twitter:
The Globe editorial board called for an end to President Trump’s sustained assault on the #FreePress. Hundreds of publishers around the US answered that call https://t.co/XpgjyrODMp pic.twitter.com/7lnSTlE6Sh
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) August 15, 2018
“The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom”
– John Adams
Freedom of the press in the United States is legally protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This prevents Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, or abridging the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right to peaceable assembly. Americans enjoy the freedom of the press under the First Amendment to the Constitution.
According to CPJ’s (Committee to Protect Journalist) record, 2018 was the deadliest year for media in America. CPJ says at least 24 media representatives were physically abused this year and 3 were arrested. The ranking of the United States fell this year in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, put together by Reporters Without Borders. It is ranked 45 among 180 countries in terms of press freedom, above Italy and behind Romania.
However, the UN experts warn that Trump’s attack on media can also lead to the rise of the threat of violence against journalists. Two experts on the freedom of expression appointed by the UN said:
“We are especially concerned that these attacks increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence.”
Let’s not forget that,
A free press is important for any nation. One should not forget that though this first amendment is only 45 words but it also is of deep significance. With regard to fake news, media houses should verify the news to its fullest before publishing it so that no fake news comes out and if something gets published, corrections should be further made. Media should also not forget that it is a powerful tool and has a big responsibility in nation-building.