Why we must keep fighting for a free press
With the advent of ‘fake news’ and radical concern about the ever-encroaching tentacles of the so-called MSM — mainstream media — the press hasn’t had an easy ride lately.
Today’s mourners of press freedom usually point to far-flung countries where censorship reveals itself in a life-threatening form.
In 2016, 48 journalists were killed in Syria. Turkish journalists are also bearing the brunt of press censorship. Since the attempted coup against Erdogan last July, 231 journalists have been arrested.
At the end of 2016, the Investigative Powers Act, suitably nicknamed the Snoopers’ Charter, came into force. It is the most extreme surveillance legislation Britain has introduced in modern times.
Unmatched in its breadth by any other country in Western Europe, or even by the US, the Snoopers’ Charter gives intelligence agencies and law enforcement the power to collect the browsing records of everyone in the country.
Worryingly for the press, communications between journalists and their sources are no longer safeguarded — and many fear this will dissuade potential whistleblowers from leaking important information.
How did "fake news" make Brexit and Trump happen?
Alongside this challenge to press freedom at an institutional level, there is also an informal but equally dangerous fear among sections of the elite that an overly free press could lead impressionable plebs to do bad things.
So in its report, Reporters Sans Frontiers points to "Donald Trump’s rise to power… and the Brexit campaign" as instigators of a "highly toxic anti-media discourse that drove the world into a new era of post-truth, disinformation and fake news."
Following last year’s political revolts on both sides of the Atlantic, the press’s own faith in press freedom has plummeted.
Consumed by loathing for the result of Britain’s EU referendum, the Guardian ran numerous conspiratorial articles asking "Did the Mail and Sun help swing the UK towards Brexit?"
One headline in the New Statesman captured today’s distrust in a free press: "How the media misled us over Brexit and Donald Trump."
These misgivings speak to a disdain for press freedom as insidious as any legislative measure.
Then Meryl Streep showed us the way...
On the 8 January 2017, Meryl Streep took used the Golden Globes Awards ceremony as a platform to criticise the "performance" of the incoming President elect.
Trump initially spoke to the New York Times on the phone, deriding Streep as a “Hillary lover” and denying he had mocked Kovaleski.
“People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing".
The president followed up with a series of tweets on Monday in which he wrote:
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
"groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
In what critics view as a damning protest that had truly rilled Trump, Streep called Hollywood, and the rest of the world, to protect the associated press from becoming a propaganda tool for the extreme right.
Presenting 'Guardian Of The Press': signed offset poster
Government measures to stop investigative journalism and to promote "fake news" to influence the public has created a dangerous times for publications that could face bankruptcy merely for reporting what they consider to be the truth.
Yes, we should absolutely celebrate the brave, often dissident journalism taking place around the world, and mark the lives of those who died as a consequence of their brave reporting.
This print celebrates the other side in press freedom — the people, and their rational faculties, because it is only by taking people seriously that press freedom can have any meaning at all.
Royalty Meryl Streep
Streep has identified one of Trump’s key weaknesses. You can criticise him all you like for being a racist, a sexist, a sexual predator, a homophobe, a xenophobe, a conspiracy theorist, a bully, or a bad advert for male grooming.
But to disrespect Trump’s performance – that really hurt the ego of a President who desperately wants to be one of those movie people. Or at least be accepted by them..
Shoe of Devil
Now over 10 years old, the book adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada that us all pursing our lips and murmuring.
The movie signified Streep's first foray into high-stakes pay negotiations, paving the way for her stance as a strong player in a male dominated industry.
I love how the art connects current daily subjects into a single visualization.
With each artwork having a clear statement and opinion.
But most importantly, James’ collection makes heavy subjects understandable and somehow easier to digest, within this fake news era.
Just looking at his artworks makes you want to own your own piece.
I love how James always has an interesting way of presenting what's in his mind.
The explosive graphic is as ironic and significant as the objects that he put together. It lightens up the issue and make the viewer think.
James' art is about real people with a real goal to fight, for which I believe it's the meaning of life. To change and to improve the world is what we’re here for.
To own art is to share the same believe as the artist. For sure I would recommend friends who are also a revolutionist to own a piece of art of James.
Stay calm and keep rebelling.
What makes this print unique?
Continuing the challenge to preserve the present through realtime art, Guardian Of The Press defines the nuances of a time when journalistic integrity is under threat.
Representing the freedom of the press, this print was created in the aftermath of Streep's infamous speech at the Golden Globe Awards as she represented Hollywood's liberal society.
Adding this print to your art collection signifies your support for independent journalism and it's part in the functioning of democracy.
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Guardian Of The Press signed offset poster
Guardian Of The Press is for anti-Trump print collectors who support Meryl Streep’s brave and necessary challenge against censorships that are targeting the freedom of journalism.