Democracy has never been more under threat from demagogues and populism. For democracy to work, it needs a strong fourth estate to hold the executive to account. The first amendment of the US constitution states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
The prevalence of "Fake News" profoundly undermines this.
C.P Scott, esteemed journalist, publisher and politician, once famously said: “comment is free, but facts are sacred”. Citizens Journalist is not about dictating opinions – it’s about protecting the facts.