April 26, 2016

Press giving up on First Amendment

Popular Resistance -A survey of editors from print and online publications found most news organizations are weaker in their ability to defend the right to freedom of the press than they were ten years ago. The Knight Foundation conducted the survey, along with the American Society of News Editors, Associated Press Media Editors, and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Sixty-six editors were surveyed.
Around half of news editors indicated their news organizations were “no longer prepared to go to court to preserve First Amendment freedoms.” Eighty-nine percent indicated this was because defending the First Amendment is too expensive.

Forty-four percent of editors indicated their news organization was less able to go on the offense and sue to open up access to information.

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