the interpretOr wishes to share perspectives on press freedom and to get the ball rolling, here’s Barack Obama on World Press Freedom Day

“In every corner of the globe, there are journalists in jail or being actively harassed: from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, Burma to Uzbekistan, Cuba to Eritrea…I lend my voice of support and admiration to all those men and women of the press who labour to expose truth and enhance accountability around the world.

In so doing, I recall the words of Thomas Jefferson:

“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.”

(Barack Obama, May 2009)

the interpretOr would like to add that Obama should remember these remarks before embarking upon any extradition of Julian Assange – surely Wikileaks was motivated by a desire to “expose truth and enhance accountability around the world” too.

the interpretOr encourages visitors to this site to share their perspectives on this timely and crucial subject. 

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