I want to touch upon the deterioration of our free speech rights right here in America and all through the world.
Reporters all through the world are below assault and being murdered for merely reporting and expressing their opinions of their communities. An American reporter working for Al Jazeera tv was murdered in broad daylight in entrance of her colleagues. On that very same day in Mexico, three reporters from three completely different states have been murdered. Of course, we’ve seen many Ukrainian reporters being murdered by Russian troopers. Two reporters have filed swimsuit in federal court docket in Los Angeles for alleging the LAPD violated their civil rights for reporting on the cleanup of a homeless encampment.
Freedom of speech is a proper to specific opinions with out authorities restraint, this concept date’s again to historic Greece. If we, as a society, fail to guard our freedom of speech, not solely right here in America however all through the world, then our democracy will certainly fail.
—William Guerrero, Bakersfield