– The Following Address By Award-Winning News Correspondent Christiane Amanpour Should Be Required Viewing In Every North American Home & School
Posted by Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper, November 27th, 2016
Following a prestigious award she received in New York City this November 22nd from the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists, CNN veteran foreign correspondent and television host Christiane Amanpour had the following to say in a world where journalists are vilified while Trump advances to one of the most powerful political offices in the world.
Here are the first few lines of Amanpour’s address, followed by a video of the entire address which I urge everyone to click on, watch for themselves, then forward to as many other people as possible –
“I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.
Ladies and gentlemen, I added the bits from candidate Trump as a reminder of the peril we face.
I actually hoped that once president-elect, all that that would change, and I still do.
But I was chilled when the first tweet after the election was about “professional protesters incited by the media”.
He walked back the part about the protesters but not the part about the media.
We are not there. But postcard from the world: this is how it goes with authoritarians like Sisi, Erdoğan, Putin, the Ayatollahs, Duterte, et al.
As all the international journalists we honor in this room tonight and every year know only too well:
First the media is accused of inciting, then sympathizing, then associating – until they suddenly find themselves accused of being full-fledged terrorists and subversives.
Then they end up in handcuffs, in cages, in kangaroo courts, in prison – and then who knows?”
Now here is the video you can click on here of Christiane Amanpour’s entire address –
One brief afterword from NAL’s Doug Draper – There are more than a few people out there feeling shocked, depressed and fearful for the future in the wake of the recent U.S. election, but it is people like Christiane Amanpour and many others who I know are out there too that has me feeling hopeful that progressive, common good values will not only survive Trumpland, but will ultimately prevail.
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