COMMENT: No censorship at the Compton Herald, no sir!
Censorship does not trump the First Amendment, not in Compton, not anywhere; mute the voice and this might as well be North Korea Dear Compton, censorship is the subject of this comment. Some of you think the
Censorship does not trump the First Amendment, not in Compton, not anywhere; mute the voice and this might as well be North Korea
Dear Compton, censorship is the subject of this comment.
Some of you think the Compton Herald has “crossed the line,” become reprobate, turned its back on the people, and indeed, imploded simply because a perceived enemy of some of you has been given access to our pages.
No such villainy has happened. The craft of Journalism requires an ethical imperative to present the truth underscored by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
It was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, as one of the 10 amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.
This First Amendment is not some archaic doctrine written by men in a bygone era, now relegated to dusty, brittle pages shuttered in an old dark room. Not remotely true. The First Amendment, notably the passages, “there is no prohibition … abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press…” breathes free.
That includes the City of Compton.
One thing that an objective newspaper will incite, adhering to fairness in reporting and assuring free expression for all — is rancor from factions determined to suffocate the voice of an opposing view. That is exactly what is currently playing out on a national stage between President Donald Trump and the media he wants to silence.
In Compton, there is tremendous dissension against Mayor Aja Brown. The city may very well be split straight down the middle. That’s to be expected in politics.
But what is not to be expected is censorship by the local newspaper. The rancor in this town to muffle certain elected individuals is at a fever pitch. The Herald never will participate in any such offense.
We may pen editorials and comment to oppose or affirm certain individuals for public office, and we will scrutinize public officials in Compton and publish their scurrilous activity, but that is left to the discretion of the editorial board of the Herald.
Everyone has an equal voice at the Compton Herald. Individuals may pen opposing views, but they must take care not to libel, or present information that is uncorroborated.
Let’s be clear, the Compton Herald does not now, nor ever will bend to the will of the public, which would render censorship through this medium if it were possible.