Monday was World Press Freedom Day, a United Nations-approved “reminder to governments to respect press freedom” that most nations ignore.

The 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders reports that “journalism, the main vaccine against disinformation, is completely or partly blocked in 73 percent of the 180 countries ranked by the organization.”

About the writer: Trudy Rubin is a columnist and editorial board member for the The Philadelphia Inquirer. Readers may contact her at trubin@phillynews.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency LLC.

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Lanivan

Let's just cut to the chase, regardless of how harsh it may seem to some......Current-day Republican politicians and Trump followers who make up the GOP, by and large, much prefer, above all, an environment of lies, misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, cheating, conspiracy theories, extreme wealth and opportunity inequality, insurrection, and cultural wedge diversions. They are a threat to not only the future of media, but the future of the democratic ideals within the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the United States of America.

Rottweiler

You are an expert on lies, propaganda and misinformation...no argument there

Yea, Buddy

She states it was OK to ban President Trump from Twitter. Could you imagine if a democrat got banned? OMG!! There would be people with fake tears on the main stream news, (who would gladly take them); squealing like baby pigs sneaking under the fence! And we, would have to listen to it worst of all.....

Rottweiler

How could anyone compare the modern press to a murder??? What a sick old hag

DS523

It doesn't take a genius to see that some media outlets flat out lie. I listened to a live speech, and the media spun his words and reported he said something that he did not say. The lies are on both sides of the media circus.

Rottweiler

Trudy, This opinion piece makes you an embarrassment and is an insult to common sense. Go sell crazy somewhere else

Yea, Buddy

The media main stream is corrupt, super liberal and guilty of manipulating truth, and racist. The 3 ongoing audits of the 2020 disaster are turning heads, and now the DOJ wants to get involved. Imagine that! Honesty, truth and integrity will prevail.

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