At Least We Still Have Free Speech and Press
As a long-time observer of American radio, TV and newspapers, I am appalled by claims some people are placing on Facebook that we no longer have a free press. These claims, freely transmitted over the internet, would seem to contradict themselves.
One wonders if these people have any understanding of what life was like in a country that really did not have a free press: the Soviet Union prior to Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost (free speech).
The Soviet censorship agency, Glavlit, employed 80,000 people. Nothing could be published — even a message on a book of matches — without its permission. The government devoted tons of money, and a lot of electricity, to broadcast jamming signals so Soviet citizens could not listen to shortwave radio stations like the Voice of America and the BBC.
A license from the police was required to own a typewriter, which was considered a dangerous weapon. Copy machines were tightly controlled.