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'World Press Freedom Day' needs courageous journalism, at home and abroad

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson, editor emeritus, on Apr 30, 2012

Thursday, May 3, was designated as "World Press Freedom Day" today (April 30) by the California Legislature, echoing a 1993 action by the United Nations.

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Posted by Freedom-of-the-Press-Belongs-To-He-Who-Owns-One
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 7:57 am

> "Yet brave men and women continue to risk their lives,"
> Simitian observes. "Their reasons are an inspiration to
> those of us living in societies where free expression is
> protected; and, all too often, taken for granted.

Wonder if Joe Simitian has ever expressed similar sentiments about the men and women of the US military that have protected him and his family his whole life?

Well .. seems like our boy Joe is going to have to stand for election latter this year, so he’s setting the stage for support from his local paper with a not-too-transparent you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours pat on the back. One has to wonder just how many of his own words Simitian really believes in?

Why, just last year, the Legislature that Simitian loves so much stiffed the Press, and the people of California, but refusing to release data about their spending, while on the job:

Public’s Money Spent In Secret:
Web Link

Dan Walters--California Legislature enshrines sneakiness:
Web Link

Assembly underreporting personal staff costs, study concludes:
Web Link

Wonder if Joe Simitian took to the floor of the Senate and encouraged his counterparts to be open and honest with the Press about this, and every other inquiry matter put before them? Wonder how many times in the past Simitian has called for open and honest government?

Of course, not every paper focuses on the machinations of Sacramento, so not every paper carried this story—particularly papers that dwell on local news.

Well .. this is an election year .. it will be interesting to see if the Weekly tosses Simitian a few powder-puff questions and then endorses him for whatever elected position he happens to be running for today, or if they will actually investigate his voting record—one important issues such as energy deregulation, the emergence of the structural State deficit, and his waffling on High Speed Rail?


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Midtown
on May 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

Yes,it is too bad that we do not have "courageous" journalism in Palo Alto, since the editors of the Town Square Forum have launched a crusade against any discussion of national political issues. The last few days we have seen unprecedented examples of censorship and deletion of postings without any explanation.
ANd this comes after years of the Weekly ignoring issues in our city that should have been investigated by the "jouranlists" at the Weekly.


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Posted by Matt
a resident of Meadow Park
on May 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Amazing how many times that guy has been deleted.


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

svatoid is a registered user.

Yes. Matt, he certainly is tenacious.
The whole issue could be quickly remedied if the editors would explain their reasoning. Not sure why they just do not, though I have my theories. I am certain we would hear the usual "this is my blog and if you do not like the editing go somewhere else" comment. I expect more from "journalists"