Reporting Truth is Not a crime: John Kerry
Reporting truth is not a crime asserted by, US Secretary of State John Kerry. ‘’ A country without a free and independent press has nothing to tech and cannot fulfill its potential’’.
‘’ To those who try to coerce or imprison reporters, we will always say loudly and clearly that commiting journalism, reporting on the truth is not a crime. It is a badge of honour and today we salute all near and far who proudly wear that badge’’. Kerry said on World Press Freedom Day.
Government who crackdown on them may seek to convey strength, but what they actually convey is a deeply rooted kind of insecurity and weakness. If its citizen are not allowed to say what they believe or denied the right to learn about events and decisions that affect their lives. We should not forget that reporting truth is not a crime in any pages of rights.
‘’ it is no secret that we live in a turbulent era, and that the heart of a lot of that turbulence is a struggle that is waged over truth versus either outright lies or the obfuscation and denial of truth’’. He added.
National Security Council
‘’ These are the men women who work to ensure that debate on public issues can be in the words of Justice William Brennan, ‘uninbited, robust and wide open’. Through such debate we make the choices that shape our lives and the world around us’’. Ned Price (NSC) white House.
While it is the nature of responsible journalism to comfort the powerful, the corrupt and the brutal, too many journalists risk their liberty and even their lives doing so. ‘’He said.
‘’ The United States calls for the release of those who have been imprisoned for exercising the freedom of expression that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Right. Even as we encourage governments to foster societies in which journalists can work freely and without fear’’, Price said.