John Kerry repeats them ad nauseam. They come in country reports. They’re in press releases. They’re in daily briefings.
May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. It reminds governments of their obligation to support it. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
On May 2, a State Department Fact Sheet addressed world press freedom. It did so disingenuously. Washington goes all-out to suppress it.
Not according to State Department misinformation, saying:
“On World Press Freedom Day, the United States pays special honor to the importance of media freedom – a crucial element of freedom of expression – at home and abroad.”
“A diverse and independent press is crucial to holding governments accountable and promoting democracy around the world.”
Washington deplores press freedom. It does so at home and abroad. It wants its message alone disseminated. It wants dissenting views buried.
The State Department lied claiming “(t)he US Government…brought media freedom issues to the fore at the UN and in regional multilateral forums.”
Truth is the best disinfectant. Revealing it exposes America’s dark side. It’s evident in Ukraine.