Thursday, April 5, 2012


First Things First

“At its very first session, in 1946, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 59(I) which states: ‘Freedom of information is a fundamental human right and ... the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated.’

“ARTICLE 19 considers freedom of expression as a cornerstone right—one that enables other rights to be protected and exercised. The full enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression is central to achieving individual freedoms and developing democracy and plays a critical role in tackling the underlying causes of poverty.

“It makes electoral democracy meaningful and builds public trust in administration. Access to information strengthens mechanisms to hold governments accountable for their promises, obligations and actions. It not only increases the knowledge base and participation within a society but can also secure external checks on state accountability, and thus prevent corruption that thrives on secrecy and closed environments.

“Freedom of expression and freedom of information are crucial to democracy and the enjoyment of other rights. The importance of freedom of expression was particularly emphasised by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights which stated:

“‘Freedom of expression is a cornerstone upon which the very existence of a democratic society rests. It is indispensable for the formation of public opinion. It is also a conditio sine qua non for the development of political parties, trade union, scientific and cultural societies and, in general, those who wish to influence the public. It represents, in short, the means that enable the community, when exercising its opinions, to be sufficiently informed. Consequently, it can be said that a society that is not well informed is not a society that is truly free.’

—Agnes Callamard,
executive director, ARTICLE 19
NOTE: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s long-imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize-winning opposition leader, and her supporters won sweeping victories in last week's national elections, taking 40 of 45 contested legislative seats. See Washington Post.
Thanks to alert WORDster Dan Kubiske
• Editorial Comment: Sounds so simple.

• Who Needs Reporters? Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from Bob Woodward, about what today's journalism students think it would take to bring Nixon down? Click here.

• Relocation: The JCOM faculty are now baffled by stacks of boxes as we complete our move from the venerable old Animal Science Building to swanky new offices in the new Ag Building on the USU Quad.

• HELP WANTED: New Faculty for Fall 2012! The JCOM Department at Utah State is taking applications for a multimedia instructor, teaching our new required multimedia class and assisting with the Aggie TV newscast classes. For full position description, click here.

• JCOM Teaching Excellence: The Journalism & Communication Department is one of three finalists for USU’s 2012 department teaching excellence award. Junior Emily Landeen produced this video of student feedback on the department. Click on image of Utah Statesman editor Catherine Bennett (right).

News from
our award-winning student news site, The Hard News Café

BREAKING NEWS: USU freshman goes on Leno Show with ‘Special Talent’
Soil conditioning plant approved by Richmond planning commission, by Chris Lee
1st District Drug Court: Second chance to get clean and sober, by Tara Alvey
Recycled milkjugs, tinfoil, candy wrappers make fashion statement, by Kristi Ottley
Ski season’s not over yet—Try a hike up and ski down Green Canyon, by Evan Thacker, Aggie BluePrint
Hard News Café Weekly News Roundup (April 2)
Aggie TV News for March 28, 2012
Corey Cozzens sweeps top 3 awards at Spice on Ice competition, by Steve Kent
Nibley clarifies electronic sign ordinance; Petersen’s sign survives, by Tmera Bradley
Cherry Peak ski area permit upheld by Board of Adjustments
, by Josh Ruggles
The Brady Jardine Story, on KUTV2’ Talkin’ Sports, by ATV Sports’ Bailey McMurdie
City Council votes to expand River Heights with annexation, by Sean O’Sullivan
The Aggie TV News Team Cache Rendezvous (March 21 edition). Bookmark ATV News

PeezPIX by Ted Pease
Catalog here

Spring’s coming....


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