Many journalists face frustrations when they write about “Governmental Taboos.”
is a made-up term that refers to the matters that are being hidden from us (the public) by
The lack of a free press is a sign of corruption and this is why the government is not being held accountable for its action. They can get away with decisions that would harm us, the public, in the future. When there is a free press then, citizens can have a voice, form an informed opinion, make choices based on information. Those choices can make a difference in shaping a trustworthy, reliable, competent, non-corrupt, non-discriminatory
With a free press, reporting facts wouldn’t be
. And this would help us choose and vote for proper candidates rather than the publicly beautified politicians we vote for and regret later.
Lack of information might mislead us to vote for the wrong people.
This is one of the reasons why freedom of the press is important; it could simply prevent catastrophes by adding pressure on governments to do the right thing in some cases. Some
take their authoritarian position for granted and turn their role of “serving the public” into a
between other leaders of different countries. In this scenario, the scoreboard is the news.
In some countries, freedom of the press is legally guaranteed. However, most of these countries fear protests and have other means to silence their citizens and journalists. Silencing can take many forms and shapes. Sometimes it can be subtly implied
, other times it can be visibly direct
. Journalists often get silenced by being kidnapped, jailed, killed, or if they’re lucky, fired for exposing too much.
Freedom of the press is a
that is often not appreciated until it disappears.
Citizens of countries with a free press need to continually work to preserve this right, because freedom of the press can be stripped away overnight by a simple change of the regime
or by imposing new laws
Silencing the press is gradually becoming a global method that governments use to conceal their corruption.
Journalists jeopardize their
while doing their jobs. No one should have to jeopardize their life just to do their job.
There’s a pattern of journalists being
of similar crimes in most countries for simply covering the news.