People’s World to Trump: We are here to stay!

We join with the newspapers of America today in declaring that we will not cease telling the truth about President Trump, his agenda, the corporate backers who give him aid and comfort, and the politicians who for years have laid the groundwork for his rise to power.

We are determined to defend the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ourselves, our reporters and staff, and most importantly, our readers, against the attacks mounted by Trump and his administration.

We stand today in solidarity with journalists across the country who are speaking out against Trump’s dangerous vilification of and attacks upon the free press in our country.

It was only less than a year ago that one of our reporters, along with a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was rounded up in a “kettle” and arrested by police for covering protests against ex-officer Jason Stockley’s acquittal in the 2011 killing of Anthony Smith.

A portion of the front page of the March 28, 1956 edition of the Daily Worker, the morning immediately after federal agents seized the newspaper’s offices in an attempt to silence it. | Daily Worker / People’s World Archives

We recall even more serious government attacks on our predecessor newspaper, the Daily Worker. On March 27, 1956, federal agents entered our offices in Manhattan, trashed the premises, and ordered us shut down.

When they entered, an editorial writer on the staff began writing an editorial condemning the attack on the free press. “In 1948, it was the indictment of 12 communist leaders. In 1952, it was the second Foley Square trials. In 1956, it is this, the unlawful shackling of the free press. The writing of this editorial has been interrupted by two T-men and two policemen who ordered the writer to ‘gather your personal belongings and vacate.’ It is being completed from other quarters in long hand….”

We remind our readers about how the agents stopped that writer in the middle of his editorial to show just how far Trump’s attacks on the free press can go. His attacks on the media sound dangerously like those made by dictators and tyrants, people who do to the press in their country even worse than what was done to the Daily Worker in 1956.

Particularly dangerous right now, however, and deserving of condemnation from everyone, are Trump’s incitements to his supporters to physically attack and verbally threaten reporters.

Trump uses every possible chance he gets to demean journalism and its mission to preserve freedom and democracy by keeping the public informed.

Today, August 16, 2018, we pledge to continue covering the news of the resistance to Trump that has spread across this nation. We will not be silenced. We came back after they shut down our offices in 1956. And today, we join with all the rest of the press in this country to declare: We are here to stay!


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People’s World Editorial Board
People’s World Editorial Board

People’s World Editorial Board: Editor-in-Chief John Wojcik, Managing Editor C.J. Atkins, Social Media Editor Chauncey K. Robinson, Senior Editor Roberta Wood, Senior Editor Joe Sims, Copy Editor Eric A. Gordon, Washington D.C. Bureau Chief Mark Gruenberg

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