Freedom of the press

Some times it takes listening to a foreign broadcast to realize how good we have it in the US. There was an article on Public Radio International (rebroadcast of the BBC, show was “The World Today”) about a “free” (free as in free speech not as in free beer) radio station that works just outside of the country of Burma. One of the things covered is how the reporters for this station, go into Burma (since that is where they are trying to reach with their broadcast) and that when they move about for their stories if they are caught they could be put to death for the “crime” of broadcasting the news in a non-state supported station. We in the US have it nice since we do have freedom of the press, or any one that wants to put up a web site (or blog) they can say what ever they want, with out fear of the Government punishing them.

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Published on: August 15, 2005

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  1. Max Rossin says:

    For more reference, see Judith Miller.

  2. In reference are you talking about? I did look around google, but I would like to know what you are thinking about here.

  3. Max Rossin says:

    Judith Miller refused to give her sources and she’s been in jail for a month and a half for an article she didn’t even write. Robert Novack wrote the article exposing Valerie Plame’s name and he didn’t even get a slap on the wrist. Now that’s justice and no matter how much I’d like for her to reveal the source (Karl Rove), I feel sorry for her that although she’s standing up for her beliefs, she’s also covering up for some really nasty people that don’t appreciate her sense of honor and principle… or they’re paying her a lotta money… 🙂

  4. Well I don’t belive she is in jail for writing the artical, she is in jail for “refused to give her sources” a diffent matter. Now should she be in jail for that, I don’t think so, I would like to know 1) why they need the info 2) why she feels she needs to keep it undisclosed. She might have to keep it undisclosed, or it might be important for it to be disclosed, I don’t know since I don’t have those 2 bits of info.

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