What’s Going On?
President-elect Donald Trump has shown, in the words of The Nation’s Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, an “unprecedented hostility” toward the press. He’s threatened to “open up” libel laws, banned members of the press from his events, and ginned up bigotry and hate that could chill the free speech rights of people of color, Muslims, the disabled, and other groups that he and his supporters have attacked.
What Can I Do?
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Secondly, sign The Nation’s petition with PEN America, Free Press, Presente.org, and a number of other organizations and pledge to preserve, protect, and defend our right to a free press.
The pledge, which has been signed by all past US poets laureate, includes five key actions to take to defend our First Amendment rights from the Trump administration:
Defend the vital role and rights of a free press
Protect our right to peaceful protest and assembly, and not allow the government to criminalize dissent.
Stand against the persecution of religious minorities.
Safeguard existing laws and court decisions that limit the use of libel and slander defamation lawsuits to intimidate critics.
Speak out against bigotry and hate.
In a recent issue of The Nation, John Nichols spoke with Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post and former New York Times public editor, on the ways in which the media failed the American public when it came to Trump’s candidacy. And in the days after the election, Katrina vanden Heuvel wrote about The Nation’s commitment to “mobilizing against hatred, bigotry, misogyny, and economic pain” and underscored the importance of “journalists of principle and conscience” in the wake of the results.