Obligation of Speaking Truth to Power
“In 1981, a group of U.S. foreign correspondents established the Committee to Protect Journalists … to keeping reporters worldwide from being killed or jailed for doing their jobs …
“For more than three decades, the committee has primarily concentrated its efforts … abroad. But last fall, during the rise of … Donald Trump — after he mocked a disabled New York Times reporter, called journalists “scum,” and threatened to take away their rights — the CPJ turned its attention toward home. ” (NOTE: Committee to Protect Journalists‘ full name & Twitter handle, @pressfreedom.)
“They broke their politics-free tradition, issued a scathing statement calling Trump a ‘threat to press freedom unknown in modern history,’ and later wrote a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence pleading for reason and less hostility.
“These moves were … went mostly unnoticed outside the media world. All that changed Sunday night — because of Meryl Streep.”
– Katie Mettler Washington Post
Streep: “We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our Constitution,” Streep said. “So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood foreign press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re going to need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”
Suddenly, the CPJ had the attention of Hollywood’s most elite stars, who brought with them an audience at home learning about the organization’s work for the first time.