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|VOL. XV NO. 1
IT'S ASIAN WISCONZINE'S
Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
Freedom of the Press
As a media practitioner, I love the fact that democratic countries, in general, protect our right to express
our opinions about various issues and beliefs, either through writing or speaking, or to interpret information
we gathered in the course of doing our work. In practicing our profession as journalists, being members of
a democratic society has great advantages. First, we expect no interference from our own government,
even if we are opposed to certain actions or pronouncements emanating from it or any of its agencies. Our right is protected by the Constitution,
limited only by laws on personal defamation and laws that protect national interest. Second, we don’t expect any form of penalties that degrade our
person or put us in prison indefinitely. Yes, we are fortunate to be citizens of a democracy, such as the United States of America.
The First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees that right:
“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition
the Government for a redress of grievances.”
And, the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights follows this principle when it says:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and to seek, receive,
and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers"
But in the case of governments so unlike ours, our fellow journalists have to watch what they say or write, for their lives are always on the line.
The case of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi brought much sadness and anger to me and, I am sure, to most journalists worldwide.
Evidence pointed to his brutal murder when he entered the Saudi Embassy in Turkey more than a month ago. Khashoggi was a columnist for The
News reports highlight Khashoggi’s take on the type of media the Arab world has. Khashoggi’s last column wrote about the lack of freedom of the
press therein, and his call for the need to reform the existing situation. Whatever results the ongoing investigation on his brutal murder come up
with are, Khashoggi is never coming back to life. And the fact that he disappeared inside his own government’s embassy, speaks volumes of the
way opposing ideas are handled by an all-powerful ruler. I just hope and pray hard that justice will prevail and that whoever is behind this crime will
pay the ultimate price for his deed.--READ MORE
2018 Asian American Voter Survey
A survey released recently by Asian and Pacific
Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and AAPIData
reveals many insights into the fastest-growing racial
group in the United States, including their voting plans
for House and Senate races in 2018, and various
issue priorities such as education, health care, and
the state of the economy. In addition to election-
related topics, the survey also contains key opinion
data on affirmative action, labor protections, and
immigration policy, including the administration’s
recently announced plans to revoke the legal status of
immigrants with green cards who have used
Sponsored by Civic Leadership USA and conducted in
partnership with Asian Pacific American Labor
Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA), and Asian Americans
Advancing Justice | AAJC, the survey presents the
results of interviews conducted by telephone and
online from August 23 – October 4, 2018 of 1,316
Asian American registered voters. -- READ MORE
|The boy’s father, Ali Hassan, pleads authorities to allow his wife to see
dying child, Abdullah Hassan