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Extract From A Letter By Thomas Jefferson To Charles Yancey

Monticello Jan. 6. 16.

“if a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be. the functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty & 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 by Rembrandt Peale, 1800

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    World Press Freedom Index 2015

    Reporters Without Borders said it had found a “worrying decline” in the freedom of the press in 2014 across the world, and that the EU had received its largest ever spread of rankings.

    The report has been published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders, an international nonprofit organization registered in France that defends freedom of information and has consultative status with the United Nations and UNESCO.

    See The World Press Freedom Index 2015.

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    Edward R. Murrow

    Last night I was impressed by “Good Night And Good Luck”. The movie is set during the witchhunts of the McCarthy era and focuses on one of the greatest TV- and radio journalists of all times, Edward Murrow and his work for CBS. The movie is a sobering reminder of the vital function of a free press as a guardian against radicalism and as a protector of civil liberties.

    By the way: Murrow’s portrayal as an intense chainsmoker rarely seen without a cigarette is entirely accurate. Murrow contracted lung cancer. He died in 1965, two days after his 57th birthday.

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