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senate Bill S. Res. 150

A resolution recognizing threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority in efforts of the United States Government to promote democracy and good governance.

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  • The senate Passed December 20th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedMay 3rd, 2017

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Official Title

A resolution recognizing threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority in efforts of the United States Government to promote democracy and good governance.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Welcomes the celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2017 on May 3, 2017. Commends journalists and media workers around the world for their role in promoting government accountability, defending democratic activity, and strengthening civil society, despite threats to their safety. Pays tribute to journalists who have lost their lives or liberty carrying out their work. Calls on governments abroad to implement United Nations General Assembly Resolution 163 (1963) by investigating and seeking to resolve cases of violence against journalists and by reporting on the investigations. Expresses concern about the threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world and condemns actions that suppress it. Calls on the President and the Department of State to: build upon U.S. leadership in freedom of the press; improve the means by which the U.S. government identifies, publicizes, and responds to threats against freedom of the press around the world; urge foreign governments to conduct transparent investigations and adjudications of the perpetrators of attacks against journalists; and highlight the issue of threats against freedom of the press in the annual Human Rights Reports and year round.
    Trump has been trying to shut the press up but it is their right just like everyone else to speak their mind and ask questions. No one should try to hinder anyone from speaking or publishing just because they don't agree. America needs to stay true to our freedom that so many people don't have.
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    Freedom of press is one of the founding cornerstones of our democracy. Without it our system fails.
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    The press serves to both inform the public and to relieve the elected public servant of the impractical burden of having to meet with each and every consituent. The elected public servant runs for office, knowing the press acts both as a conduit to consituents and a mean of critiquing or watching their work for the public and accepts both the convenience and the challenge of those actions. The elected public servant realizes that every journalist (and citizen) has a natural personal bias, which means some things are noticed and reported and some things are not. It means some things are a focus and others are not. The fact there are multiple competing outlets and independent reporting rounds out natural, and to some extent, exaggerated bias and inaccuracy. American (and world) citizens, including elected officials, need our "press" in all its forms (audio, paper, video, internet) in order to operate democratically and encourage participation and exchange of ideas. Any attempt to control, subdue or discredit press which is found to be accurately reporting or sincerely opining is suspect. Violence or lack of access should be expressly prohibited.
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    Thank you, Senator Casey, for promoting free press. The current administration is trying to undermine this important right. Keep up the fight for our democracy and good governance!
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