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house Bill H. Res. 536

Should Congress Support Freedom of the Press in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Argument in favor

As a world leader, the U.S. needs to take a stand in favor of press freedom when it is undermined. It’s a simple gesture, but passing this resolution shows the U.S. supports journalists and the truth.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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12/16/2015
Freedom of press is a very important thing to have, and America should support the right of freedom of the press. However, I also believe the United States needs to also look at this issue in terms of corrupt media in the United States.
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operaman's Opinion
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12/15/2015
The US should support "freedom of the press." This should not apply to lies or dogma such as communism, Islamic teaching and the blathering of dictators.
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TMGDW's Opinion
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02/09/2016
Freedom of the Press is very important and large part of Freedom of Speech in general. Let's not forget that stateside either.
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Argument opposed

There is not a lot the U.S. can do to ensure that freedom of the press is upheld in Latin American or Caribbean countries. Congress shouldn’t waste its time by bothering with a resolution supporting something it can't impact.

Loraki's Opinion
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04/16/2017
Free press? What's that? Press that's free to publish propaganda pieces and fake news, like the MSM does here in America??? Somebody once said, "Don't believe anything you read or hear, and only half of what you see!" There are plenty of reasons for heeding that advice. I hate to sound so cynical, but the America of today is a far cry from the free America I grew up in in the '50s & '60s! We, as a nation, sure have SCREWED UP, allowing socialism/communism to gain so much credence, acceptance, and power in America! IF OUR SOCIETY HAD ANY SENSE, WE'D TREAT IT LIKE THE MALIGNANT CANCER IT IS! Moreover, I fear that we are making the same mistake with regard to Islamic supremacy HERE IN AMERICA! It, too, is a malignant cancer! If you want further proof that Islam shouldn't be allowed in our country, I urge you to read this: https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/samir-isis-is-not-outside-islam/
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Steven's Opinion
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01/01/2016
Congress doesn't support freedom of the press here! Look at the temper tantrum the republican presidential candidates had when the press asked them hard questions. Senators and governors for the most part and they banded together to control the venue and only be asked questions they wanted to answer. Try practicing it first then think about preaching it.
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Richard's Opinion
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12/15/2015
While Constitutionally we are supposed to have a free press our mainstream media is so totally biased that it presents only one side. Pravda pales by comparison. How can we tell other countries to do what we can't.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed December 16th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 399 Yea / 2 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedNovember 19th, 2015

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    Freedom of the Press, and Free Speech in general, should be fundamental rights for all people regardless of their location. The people of each country must demand from their governments the rights they wish to have, through petition or revolution. The American People and their government may wish their Constitutional Rights for the world, but the reality is that it is not our business. We American Citizens must remain vigilant here at home, where our own government quietly usurps our Rights. The Executive branch is chipping away at our 5th Amendment right to due process, by creating "No Fly" lists of "suspected terrorists" without legal basis. The Legislative branch constantly attacks our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, which was specifically included to allow citizens to protect themselves from overbearing government (which may be necessary soon, given its current behavior, militarization of national and local law enforcement, and massive ammunition-buying programs). Wake up, America! We must get our own house in order before worrying about our neighbors.
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    You don't even support it in U. S. it's more like manipulation of the press
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    We hardly have freedom of the press here. Obama shouldn't do anything else. He has ruined enough already.
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    It looks stupid for us to tell others to have a free press when ours lies, concealed the truth or twist it so far out of shape it is unrecognisable. People in other countries know more about what is going here than the citizens do.
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    Honestly, what's the point of this exercise in futility? More taxpayer's money "well-spent"?
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    In a time when our own President can't tell the difference between "fake news," "alternative facts," and bold-faced lies, the US has no right to tout the virtues of a free press.
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    We first need to protect our eroding Constitutional rights here. Then we can consider how to be a world leader in proecting human rights.
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    Waste of time.
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    This is absolutely a non-issue. Freedom of the press is a basic necessity for any country. We are not looking at this issue for its context in the US so saying "we don't have free press here!" Is both debatable and irrelevant to the issue at hand. If the US promotes freedom of press in Latin America bilaterally with other states it could help produce progressive change; change suppressed in the past by US backed governments.
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    Not our people, not our problem. We have to stop telling other folks how to do stuff and SHOW them instead.
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    Though this bill is good, we need to first have our government advocate for the freedom of the press HERE. Our current Congress and administration essentially squash media sources that tell the truth and allow hearings for those that spew lies on a consistent basis.
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    intervention of thoughts and ideals are far more greater in impact than interventions with steal and mortar fire.
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    that is not our country, let them worry about themselves.
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    They should also support it in the USA
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    Congress should be more concerned with freedom of the press in the United States of America.
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    Hell there no freedom. Here no more everyone PC correct. There no transparency in govt. Ex 30 lawsuit for info on Clinton email scandal
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    Spreading freedom is important, as not only will it grand millions of people rights that they deserve, but also will strengthen our relations with the people of those countries.
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    When 6 corporations own 90% of the news and media available, there really isn't to much freedom in the press here, is there?
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    Let's be satisfied with congress messing up our own country
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    I believe we should openly support these movements to show that we believe our rights should be ones that exist worldwide but should not take any action in enforcing them because it is not our place to get involved if it has not gotten to a point of extreme violence and possible warfare/civil war
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