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Defend Journalism That Speaks Truth To Power From Ferguson to Washington

Society & Culture  (tags: Journalism, freedom of the press, harassment, violations, media, truth to power )

- 1372 days ago -
Harassing journalists violates one of the most basic premises of the American experiment, denying citizens the information they need to address abuses of power at every level of the government."

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Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2014, 5:06 pm
Signed-thx Dandelion

Animae C (513)
Friday August 22, 2014, 5:33 pm
Your action has been submitted.
We've reached 23,685 of our goal of 50,000.

Thanx Sheryl

Sheila D (194)
Friday August 22, 2014, 8:10 pm
Think I signed from email, but signed again, just on case. Thanks.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Friday August 22, 2014, 9:56 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Dandelion.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Friday August 22, 2014, 10:58 pm
signed, thnx.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:14 am

Athena F (131)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:28 am
done thanks

Christeen A (369)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:34 am

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:22 am
Signed,thanks Sheryl.

Patricia E. G (54)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:45 am
I have signed this petition to President Obama.
The government has been censoring what information is released through the media.
The fourth and fifth estates are less inclined to be restricted, sanitized, inspected, reviewed and edited.
Journalism and journalists are highly regarded for their deep rooted determination to reveal the truth.

Arlene C (42)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:40 am

Edwin M (346)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:54 am
Signed, thanks Sheryl

Liv B (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 5:12 am
AS&S, thanks Dandelion

Don H (45)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:08 am
Noted and signed. Thank you, Dandelion.

The media has been compromised enough without arresting and beating up journalists.

Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:10 am
Action completed. Thank you Dandelion.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:46 am
Sure has Don....

Winn A (179)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 7:01 am
Signed - Thanks Sheryl

Birgit W (160)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 7:43 am

Pat B (356)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:13 am
Signed, thank you.

Ismail Al ahmad (171)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:57 am
Noted and Signed, Thank you Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 9:06 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Dandelion!

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:35 am
consider this Dandelion:


Lady Suki (446)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:45 am
Signed, with great pleasure.

JL A (281)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:29 pm
signed via email, noted; thanks for posting Dandelion

And remember all that Jefferson told us on this subject (but a portion included here):

A press that is free to investigate and criticize the government is absolutely essential in a nation that practices self-government and is therefore dependent on an educated and enlightened citizenry. On the other hand, newspapers too often take advantage of their freedom and publish lies and scurrilous gossip that could only deceive and mislead the people. Jefferson himself suffered greatly under the latter kind of press during his presidency. But he was a great believer in the ultimate triumph of truth in the free marketplace of ideas, and looked to that for his final vindication.

"The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them." --Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787. ME 6:57

"The press [is] the only tocsin of a nation. [When it] is completely silenced... all means of a general effort [are] taken away." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, Nov 29, 1802. (*) ME 10:341

"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." --Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823. ME 15:491

"The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384

"The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers... [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper." --Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785. (*) ME 5:181, Papers 8:632

"Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it." --Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.

Judy C (97)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:46 pm
Signed. Thanks Dandelion.

Jo S (619)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:03 pm
Noted, signed & shared.
Thanks Dandelion & Sheila for the forward.

Mandi T (376)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:06 pm
Your action has been submitted

Kathleen M (224)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:48 pm
Gladly signed, shared and noted. Thanks, Dandelion, and thank you, JL A.! The multiple assaults on fact-based information dispersal are as frightening to me as militarized municipal police departments. To paraphrase Jefferson (he was definitely far from perfect!), everyone must have access to "these papers, and BE CAPABLE of READING THEM!" The teaching of critical thinking skills, reality-based science, economics, history, sociology and current events is compromised by "faith based" propaganda. The FNC phenomenon, as well as other irresponsible "news outlets" of various ideologies are ridiculous parodies of responsible journalism. On top of all that, there's the persecution/prosecution of whistleblowers for crimes of sedition, giving comfort to the enemy, espionage, etc., which is utter nonsense! Abuse of power? Bigtime! Thank goodness some people are onto all this...garbage.

Inge B (202)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 12:39 am


Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 3:47 am
Signed & noted. Many thanks, Dandelion.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 4:52 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Dandelion.

Alex Perea (8)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:21 am

kate K (481)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:39 am
N&S ty

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:44 am
So very signed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Thanks D

Marianne R (95)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:45 am
Signed & noted

Artur B (135)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:46 am

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:09 am
Your action has been submitted. SSN

Angelika Kempter (96)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:09 am

Heidi Walderra (162)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:13 am
Signed and noted

Vallee R (280)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:14 am

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:19 am

Winn A (179)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 10:30 am

Julie E (405)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 11:59 am
Noted, signed and tweeted.

Bruce C D (89)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 12:19 pm
Signed, noted. Thank-you, Dandelion.

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 12:50 pm
Signed and Noted, thanks for posting

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 1:06 pm
Noted and signed!

Annemie O (153)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 3:03 pm
Noted & Signed

Sherry B (66)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 5:00 pm
Gladly signed & Noted! Thanks Dandelion!

SusanAWAY A (219)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 5:34 pm
Noted. Already signed and shared, but did so again.

Edith B (146)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:52 pm
I gladly signed this petition, sharedit on Facebook, too. When Freedom of the Press is gone, so will our country be gone.

Krista Slavin (195)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:08 pm
Signed and noted

Anette S (22)
Monday August 25, 2014, 6:16 am
noted (signed earlier)

Dawnie W (250)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:54 am

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. (0)
Monday August 25, 2014, 11:01 am
Noted and signed, thanks

Emma S (239)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 3:14 am
Done! Thanks, Dandelion - and to Ashley for forwarding.

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 12:37 pm
Journalists MUST be protected, for obvious reasons

Ramil A (269)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 3:54 am

Mary T (358)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 9:37 pm
Thank you Dandelion - signed, noted & shared

Gina Caracci (219)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 7:21 pm
signed again

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 22, 2015, 12:49 am
Unacceptable :)
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