Press Release ● Human and Civil Rightsfacebooktwitterbirdemail
For Immediate Release: 
October 12, 2017
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Trump stepped up his attacks on freedom of the press:

“I was appalled by the President’s dangerous statement yesterday questioning freedom of the press in our country.  The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press because this freedom helps guarantee all the other freedoms our citizens enjoy.  It is what separates democracies from dictatorships; closed societies from open ones; nations that live in darkness and fear from those whose people can speak out and share information freely.  The role of a free press is not to write what officials wish to read or see on television but to report the unvarnished truth.  As a nation, we must defend this right and the responsibility of the press to hold our government accountable to the people it serves.”