dimecres, 6 de febrer de 2013

Quina bogeria és aquesta de brindar a la salut d'una premsa independent? Som eines i criats d'uns homes rics que romanen entre bastidors. Som uns titelles, ells estiren els fils i nosaltres ballem. Els nostres talents, les nostres possibilitats i les nostres vides són propietat d'altres homes. Nosaltres som uns prostituts intel·lectuals

Autor: John Swinton (Saltoun, Escòcia, 12 de desembre de 1829 - Nova York, 15 de desembre de 1901), periodista. Cap de redacció de The New York Times.

Citació més llarga i original:
There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.

Font: Segons NoticiasERB: "El 25 de setembre de 1980, en un sopar de gala del gremi periodístic on ell era un dels homenatjats, algú va proposar un brindis per la Llibertat de Premsa." Aquest web ens dóna la font original: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.