So I just got done watching a documentary on Netflix called Nobody Speak; Trials of the Free Press. I recommend that everyone who writes fiction and non fiction alike watch it and speak out about it. It reminds me of something that has been bugging me ever since late last year and ever since high school actually.
When people ask me which amendment I think is under the greatest threat, I have a hard time with that one. The second amendment seems like the obvious choice but when I think about it; it is pretty secure. There are minor gains by one side on one election run and reversals on another election run. The reason for that is simple: every time someone tries to go after the second amendment to either protect and expand it or limit it there is MEDIA COVERAGE of the event. The press are all over it, covering it from every angle. We have the first amendment to thank for that.
Good or bad; if we all write something, we should be very concerned with what is going on with the first amendment right now. Our freedom of speech, as writers, is dependent on whether or not our front line soldiers, the Free Press, remains protected under law and allowed to thrive. If too many journalists are afraid of judicial attack from people who have nothing to gain other than silencing another voice and making the rest toe the line they draw in the sand, we won’t know the rest of our rights will have been taken away until it is too late.
At that point everything the writers have written will be scrutinized and come under attack. Anything that could make them challenge the rule of authority will be banned (for real, not the banned lists that we all read anyway because we could!) and repeated publishing of our works that continue to challenge the authority will eventually be punishable by real jail time. It won’t happen now but it is a slippery slope and we won’t actually be aware we are at the bottom of the heap until it is too late.
We have to support the free press and we have to make sure our FIRST AMENDMENT is not taken away. Without it, it doesn’t matter how important (and they all are) the other amendments are, we won’t know that we have lost them until they are already stricken from the rolls. Like them or hate them: we depend on the Free Press to remain free ourselves.
that’s all for this rant. Sorry to bother you with but it has been bugging me!