In America, we expect journalists to have some independence from government and other leading power centers. We are not surprised to glance at the morning newspaper or television news show and see exposure of wrongdoing. We assume that the press has a responsibility to print bad news as well as good. And yet, that which seems ordinary to us is unusual in the history of the world, and even in much of the world today.
How did the unnatural act of independent journalism come to seem so natural? To begin answering that question, we need to go back, back beyond the start of American journalism, back even before Gutenberg. Journalism‚ÄĒinformation and analysis concerning recent events, published in multiple copies or disseminated beyond the immediate reach of the speaker‚Äôs voice‚ÄĒis many centuries old. Journalistic products emerged in many lands and in many varieties, but they most often promoted the...
Related to this topic, Oz Guiness has a recent book called: The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity.
"The human race is in the best condition when it has the greatest degree of liberty." - Dante Alighieri, De Monarchia, 1559
We are all better off when we all enjoy freedom to deliberate and debate and to seek to influence others through reasoned persuasion (rather than having control be directed through tyranny and coercion).
Freedom of relgion, conscience and expression are essential for all. Let there also be justice. Almighty God will judge in the end. He will reward and He will repay.