World Press Freedom Day: An Opportunity to Ignore Honduras
On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, the U.S. government condemned a litany of countries for the dangerous conditions in which journalists work. But Honduras was noticeably excluded from any official scrutiny. It seems safe to conclude that World Press Freedom Day is little more than a parade of double standards set by the United States, with media outlets serving as willing abettors.It seems safe to conclude that World Press Freedom Day is little more than a parade of double standards set by the United States, with media outlets serving as willing abettors. If there are any redeeming features to be found in the event, Dina Meza embodies them. While her case has also been largely ignored by the U.S. media, she used World Press Freedom Day to publicize Honduran journalists’ heroic resolve in the face of overwhelming odds. Meza’s lesson can be adapted universally:“When I see the way information is manipulated and the way the truth is twisted in the corporate media . . . that’s another reason I carry on working as a journalist," wrote Meza. "I have the obligation to make the truth known.”
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