The free press and journalism have a long and proud history in all parts of the United Kingdom.
Since the days of John Wilkes, an outspoken 18th-century journalist and popular London politician who came to be regarded as a victim of persecution and as a champion of liberty because he was repeatedly expelled from Parliament. Journalists have never shied away from holding the powerful to account – and in so doing, their work has shaped our society. And ‘small’ Voice of Wales speak for people, especially those who feel oppressed.
Underneath this however lies a fundamental principle: that a journalist, whatever their persuasion (Left or right), can do their job to the best of their ability, without fear or favour.
Wales has a plethora of left leaning and Labour infused correspondents and media companies with no-one allowed to give or express a differing viewpoint from the Regime in Cardiff Bay.
Unfortunately, too many journalists working in the Wales today can no longer take that right for granted, and are facing both abuse, incarceration or threats to their personal safety as ANTIFA/BLM and the rest of the Looney Left, and in addition encroachments on their freedom of expression as the ‘Thought’ Police make new laws or outlaw groups and use the Stasi to enforce the dictats!
A world where journalists are silenced by either fear or censorship is a much poorer one.
The Westminster Government, which was elected on a manifesto commitment to defend the freedom of the press, must be robust in shielding Voice of Wales and others from both. An action plan must help safeguard us from threats to our safety and online safety legislation must enshrine in law protections for journalistic content, free debate and prevention of seizure of equipment to prevent them from publishing or earning a living by overzealous Stasi!
This country must be a place where all journalists are kept as safe as possible to undertake their vital work without the risk of arrest, torture, and persecution.
It’s shocking that Voice of Wales Journalists experienced incarceration, sleep deprivation, vital medicines withheld, hunger and thirst whilst covering a peaceful protest with an overzealous Chief Inspector so full of himself he did not recognize the protesters where never a threat!
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