In an effort to further cement its standing as the leading defender of free speech in the United States, the Freedom Writer’s Foundation has launched an aggressive campaign to raise awareness of the threats to the freedom of speech that have come to characterize modern journalism.
The group, which is led by former Vice President Joe Biden, is seeking to convince Americans that freedom of expression is under threat as well as to ensure that journalists can still remain free to report on public figures without fear of reprisal.
In an op-ed piece on Friday, the foundation’s executive director, Mark Krikorian, outlined some of the issues that are posing a threat to free speech online, such as the spread of misinformation, bias, and bias-motivated violence.
In his article, Mr. Krikorians said that while the threats posed by misinformation and bias “have been well-documented, their scale and breadth have never been clearly understood, let alone addressed.”
In addition to the recent string of violent incidents that have taken place in the U.S., Mr. Biden said that the threats against free speech are so serious that they “must be taken seriously, and will only grow as we confront the rise of fake news, disinformation, and fake news bots.”
The foundation’s efforts, Mr, Krikorians writes, are to “make clear that we believe in the principle of freedom of the press, and that free speech should be an integral part of a free society.
We are determined to make sure that journalism thrives on this principle.”
The Freedom Writers are part of the same group of organizations that the president has spoken out against, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, and the Southern Conservative Threat Reduction Council.
Mr. Kaine said in a statement that he will be “working with the Freedom Foundation and others to take the fight to these insidious threats,” but the group has a clear mission: “to fight for the freedom to speak.”
Mr. Trump, who has made free speech the cornerstone of his presidential campaign, said in the same statement that “journalists need to be able to report and write about who they want to write about.”
Mr Krikoren is a veteran of the George W. Bush administration, serving as the assistant attorney general for criminal and civil rights.
He previously served as chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore, as the director of the Office of Government Ethics, and as a legislative counsel at the U:S.
Government Accountability Office.
He also was the deputy director of policy and research for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mr Koren is an expert in media ethics and has advised numerous news organizations, including CNN and The New York Times, as well a handful of Fortune 500 companies.
His most recent book, The Great White Whale: Why Corporate America Needs to Talk to Its Employees, was released earlier this year.