A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

March 9th, 2018 • Freedom of Information
Whistleblowers and journalism are essential for democracy

Journalists have a long history of working with their sources to reveal essential public information and informing the citizenry. A free press is one of the cornerstones of American democracy, after all. But when government officials attack reporters or their sources and try to control the exposure of the truth, power is taken away from the citizens and that pillar of democracy crumbles.