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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence on Introduction of House Resolution to Protect Freedom of the Press

March 8, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) today released a statement announcing introduction of a resolution to protect the freedom of the press:

“Today, I introduced legislation to reaffirm the freedom of the press. One of the hallmarks of a strong democracy is the presence of a free press. In the face of repeated attacks and threats against the press by the President and his administration, it is imperative that we reaffirm our commitment to the first amendment and the freedom that we cherish.

“President Trump’s claims of “fake news” and the press is the “enemy of the people” are just a few examples of his unacceptable attacks against the press. Recently, Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to include major outlets like CNN, BBC, the New York Times and LA Times in a small-group briefing, while making room for outlets such as Breitbart and One America News Network. Calling the media the “enemy of the people” or the “opposition party” is not only unhinged – it’s dangerous. The American people need a strong, independent press that investigates and holds its leaders accountable.

Rep. Conyers stated, “Freedom of the press is a fundamental American value protected by the First Amendment. Our Nation’s founders well understood that a free and robust press is a critical protector of our most treasured liberties.  The news media are essentially the fourth estate keeping the three branches of our Nation’s government accountable. Unfortunately, President Trump and his Administration have sought to demonize the news media by stating it is the “enemy of the American people.”  We must oppose such harmful efforts and do everything in our power to ensure the freedom of press as well as all First Amendment rights.” –Congressman John Conyers

Jefferson has stated that he’d “rather have a newspaper without a government than a government without a newspaper,” and America is coming to appreciate the wisdom of his point more and more every day.  “Attacks on the free press are attacks on democracy itself because there is no meaningful democracy without the information that the free press provides the people.”   --Congressman Jamie Raskin  

 “As a member of Congress, I am determined to do my job and everything I can to hold this administration accountable and protect the people of this nation. I have joined many of my colleagues in calling for a full and independent investigation into Russia’s ties to the Presidential election and Trump’s numerous conflicts of interest. In order to provide a check on the executive branch’s power, a strong and independent press is crucial to all Americans.”