The Globe & Mail has an editorial on the subject: Democracy’s immutable need for a free press.
“Journalists deal in facts, and because facts are often uncomfortable, those who unearth them and disseminate them are attacked. That imbalance is not new. What is new is the mainstream assault on journalists and press freedom. Possession of the facts in too many parts of the world has turned deadly. We are exercised by such attacks, not just because it is our business but because of the immutable link between a free press and freedom.”
In a push to encourage people to support quality journalism, news organizations, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, are joining forces and running ads urging people to read rival publications.
In 1993, the United Nations declared May 3 an annual date to evaluate the state of press freedom around the world, as well as to honour those killed. This year alone, 27 have been killed in countries including Afghanistan, Syria, Colombia, and Mexico. And scores more have been imprisoned: Turkey locked up 73 journalists in 2017, while China jailed 41.