Freedom In The Press

As we are aware, freedom is a precious commodity especially when it involves the right to express opinions as opposed to reporting news. Many reporters in the modern media organisation no longer report what they see, producing a view of the world which their paymasters think is the appropriate image to be peddled to the masses. No longer are reporters respected as well-informed individuals who put before the public true and valid statements, but those who churn out a politically biased view to meet the hatreds which are only inflamed by a type of reporting having more in common with Dr Goebbels than a free press.

If reporters showed their political colours openly, stating quite clearly that they are reporting from a certain stand point then their views would have a degree of legitimacy which they don’t have by claiming to be completely open and unbiased. A lot of Television stations now have a political agenda and should be open and honest about where they are speaking from, your cannot say I am being fair and open but then continually attack one side or another.

The freedom which the press enjoys is because they should be reporting facts openly and honestly, but if they are just political mouth pieces then they have no legitimacy and should not enjoy freedoms which are embedded in law. Truth has a price, open and fair reporting is good for democracy, but, if we criticise state controlled Television as just the mouth pieces of corrupt states, then that criticism can be turned back on multinational corporations who have a political agenda. Do they have the right to tell us how to live our lives, how to vote? They are no longer a free press, they are merely a means by which to manipulate people’s views and opinions along a certain path.

Money can buy many things but surely our thoughts should be free to make decisions which can be of immense importance to everyone in the world, not just told you should vote for the party of their choice, not one of your own. Freedom is a precious commodity, do not let people with vast sums of money destroy it because they think what they are doing is right, it may be they are right but you have to allow people to make their own decisions from the facts presented to them.

Newspapers, radio and Television stations should state that the NEWS they are putting before the public is being presented from a certain political stand point, then it it is fair and reasonable. That is all I ask for, Honesty!

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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