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Democracy Needs a Free Press


We all know that democracy needs an educated public and a free press. This pillar of democracy meets a new threat: arrest for reporting. Most cities and local regions have only a single newspaper. TV stations are dependent on advertising and advertising costs so much money that only large corporations can afford ads. The internet offers some alternative sources of news. One source for the last twenty years has been Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Recently when she was the only reporter at Standing Rock she has been arrested as a protester even though she had a video crew, and identified herself as a reporter. Read the full story here.

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