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Delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787 George Mason once said, "The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.”
A reflection of The Framers’ anti-tyrannical political convictions, this Virginia statesman echoed what should be a self-evident truth. Representative government, so fundamentally important to the maintenance of our democratic republic, cannot truly exist in the absence of a free press.
The Founding Fathers conceived of our government on bases that were meant to prevent the reproduction of British tyranny in nascent America. These bases, organized around guaranteed freedoms to maintain a well-informed citizenry as preclusion against the reincarnation of monarchical despotism, are urgent in essence. After all, the freedom to disseminate information is found within The First Amendment.
This is a sentiment celebrated hundreds of years later by some of the most powerful, influential, and righteous political minds in recent history. Activist Ralph Nader emblematized such political actors, when he wrote in 1970, “Information is the currency of power.” In other words, this belief remains prevalent.
Ten years after Wikileaks released The Afghan War Diary in 2010, the Trump Administration may have finally, but illegitimately found a way to render the press impotent.
As quintessential journalist behind Wikileaks Julian Assange faces 175 years in solitary confinement as a result of the Trump Administration, the need for press freedoms has never been more at more risk of irrelevance. We are obsessed with Assange's struggle and restoring the rights of all persecuted journalists and whistleblowers.
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