How sad the direction the world is taking in respect of free speech. Prominent journalist Maria Ressa was recently released from jail on bail – she is still facing charges for her work.
In the Philippines freedom of the press is often denied, with many cases of journalists being killed or disappearing – The Philippines is among the top three most dangerous places for journalists in the world.
The trend towards curbing free expression and responsible journalism is worldwide, and the US President, Donald Trump is sending very negative messages to other leaders by calling for “investigations” when he doesn’t like a satirical program or political report. Dictators and Despotic leaders around the world have always behaved this way, because a true and free press is a danger to them.
It is very sad, however when leaders of the supposed free world start to chip away at press freedoms.
Saudi Arabia was recently adjudged to be responsible for a US based critical journalist – killing and dismembering him when he visited their embassy – and the US President refuses to condemn them.
For good or bad, he is still considered to the leader of the free world, although he is alienating most of his allies by his sometimes-bizarre actions and his lack of support for them. Previously the world had looked up to the US for leadership and guidance. This is rapidly changing.
Maria faces charges of “cyber libel” because it sought to expose corruption in the highest level. Justice in this country is hard to come by, but let hope that Maria may be kept safe and treated fairly.
Press should always be free to make comment on political actions and opinions from all sides, and when these press freedoms are curbed democracy is damaged
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Arthur Crandon is a lawyer, the boring office kind, not the exciting (and much better paid) courtroom type. He worked as a solicitor for a while before embarking on an interesting life overseas. He has spent most of his time in recent years in South East Asia, more recently in Hong Kong. Before that, Arthur lived and worked in the Philippine Islands.
He loves to fish, and play the piano – but spends most of his time writing, eating, drinking and sleeping
– usually, but not always, in that order.
His first book, Deadly Election, draws on his strange imagination and his
experiences, together with those of others, in a land that, beneath a veneer of civilisation, operates like the Wild West and is very
dangerous to innocent and gullible foreigners.
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