“Freedom and safety of American journalists at home” – Christiane Amanpour’s 2016 Burton Benjamin Memorial Award Acceptance Speech

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Pic: Committee to Protect Journalists Video Screengrab

I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.

I was chilled when the first tweet after the election was about ‘professional protesters incited by the media. As all the international journalists we honor in this room tonight and every year know only too well: First the media is accused of inciting, then sympathizing, then associating — until they suddenly find themselves accused of being full-fledged terrorists and subversives.

One of the main writers of these false articles — these lies — says people are getting dumber, just passing fake reports around without fact checking.

We, the media, can either contribute to a more functional system or to deepening the political dysfunction. Which world do we want to leave our children?

Watch full speech of Christiane Amanpour


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