A Chorus of Voices Defending Freedom of the Press


On Thursday, more than 300 newspapers across the country published editorials in protest of President Donald Trump’s characterization of the media as the “enemy of the people.” The Village Voice stands in solidarity with these newspapers and the #FreePress initiative:

Albuquerque Journal

Ames Tribune
Freedom of the press, our democracy, at risk under Trump

Anchorage Daily News

The Altamont Enterprise
Journalism needs a champion — you

The Athens News
In attacking journalists, Trump damages all Americans

Atlantic City Weekly
Joining in solidarity with the Boston Globe, others 

Athol Daily News
Trump’s media attacks are dangerous

Austin American-Statesman
Journalists are watchdog neighbors, not enemy of the people

The Baltimore Sun
News media won’t back down under pressure from president

Bangor Daily News
The media is the enemy only if you don’t want to know what your government is doing

The Berkshire Eagle
Trump’s assaults on press are assaults on democracy

The Bismarck Tribune
We aren’t the ‘enemy’ when covering news 

The Boston Globe
Journalists are not the enemy

Boise Weekly
No, we’re not your enemy. Never have been. Never will be

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Journalists aren’t the enemy; we are you 

The Cape Cod Chronicle

Chicago Sun-Times
This newspaper is the ‘enemy’ of all that hurts ‘the people’

Chicago Tribune
Mr. President: We aren’t enemies of the people. We’re a check on government

The Chronicle-Express
We are not the enemy of the people

The Commons
Make no mistake: This attack on our free press — your free press — is deliberate and calculated

Chagrin Valley Today
Local news is real 

The Chronicle
The media are not the enemy 

The Columbian-Progress
The ultimate friend of the people

The Daily Free Press
Journalists are not the ‘enemy of the people,’ they are the people

The Dallas Morning News
We the people hold our elected officials accountable 

Daily Herald 
In midst of assaults, we must defend principles of First Amendment

Daily Hampshire Gazette
Journalists performing public service are not the enemy

Deadline Detroit 
We stand with our U.S. colleagues against ‘Fake News’ claims 

The Denver Post
Denver Post decries Trump’s attacks on journalists

Des Moines Register
Media are not the enemy of the people; a free press is critical to democracy

Detroit Free Press

Duluth News Tribune
Free press — our protection from tyranny

The Delaware County Daily Times
President Trump, we are not the enemy of the people

The Daily Item
Let’s Be Clear: We are not the enemy

El Diario
Defendemos la libertad de prensa

The Leader-Telegram
Phrases damaging for free press

The Elizabethtown Advocate
We need Freedom of the Press, not Freedom in name only

Ellwood City Ledger
Ledger joins nationwide call to action to defend attacks on journalists as ‘enemy of the American people’

Examiner Media
Newsprint tariffs and fake news mantra a threat to democracy

Falls City Journal
‘We are not the enemy, we are your peers, friends, and neighbors’ 

The Fayetteville Observer 
‘Fake news’ and all the president’s taunts

The Ferndale Enterprise
Way ahead of the curve

Why an independent press matters to American Jews

Fresno Bee
The Fresno Bee is not the enemy. We are Americans, and part of the Valley, like you

The Freeman Courier
‘Enemy of the people’ rhetoric damaging

The Gainsville Sun

The Grand Forks Herald
This is not fake news

Hartford Courant
The president wants you to think we’re the enemy. Here’s what we really do

Hays Free Press
We are the people

Henrico Citizen

Hillsboro Free Press
Discrediting media a dangerous plan

Hillsboro Tribune
The news isn’t “fake” just because you see things differently

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Strong democracy needs a free press

Idyllwild Town Crier
Out Loud: Fake news, American institutions, and the presidency

The Journal Gazette

Journal Star
President Trump’s attacks on the press must stop

The Kansas City Star
President Trump, we’re not ‘enemies of the people.’ End your war on our free press

The Lakeville Journal
Perspective on truth, lies, respect, and hate

Manchester Journal
Press freedom is a Vermont value

Miami Herald
President Trump, we’re not ‘enemies of the people.’ End your war on our free press

Mercury News 
President Trump, we are not the nation’s enemy

The New York Times
A free press needs you 

New York Post
Hate the press all you want — we’ll keep reporting

The News & Observer

News and Tribune
We are defined by purpose, not the president

News Herald 
We are your defense

Omaha World-Herald 
Omaha World-Herald remains committed to our community and state

Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel 
President Trump, the press isn’t the ‘enemy’ — it’s America’s watchdog

The Orange County Register
The president’s dangerous dubbing of media as America’s enemy

The Palm Beach Post

Panama City News Herald
We are your defense

The Post-Standard
Journalists are not the ‘enemy of the people’

The Plymouth Review
This dirty war against the press must end

The Providence Journal
Trump attacks the messenger

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Stop the war on a free press

Queens Courier and the Ridgewood Times
Stop attacking the press! Remember the First Amendment of our Constitution

Rapid City Journal

The Register-Mail 
We believe in power of good journalism

The Ripon Commonwealth Press
One thing worse than the ‘enemies of the American people’…

Real Change News
There has never been a more critical time to engage in free speech

San Antonio Express-News

The San Diego Union-Tribune
How we restore faith in journalism

The Sag Harbor Express
We are the people

The Santa Fe New Mexican

The Seward County Independent
Trump’s attacks on media unfair 

Sentinel of Gloucester County
Call for action to protect the freedom of the press

The Star News
Trump’s attacks on press go too far

The Star-Ledger

The Sun Chronicle
Sun Chronicle joins others in emphasizing importance of free press 

Swift County Monitor-News
Attacks on journalists will lead to violence

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Stand in defense of the truth. Don’t let Trump label journalists as ‘the enemy’

The Star Democrat
Trump is the source, not subject, of fake news

Sun Sentinel
President Trump, the press isn’t the ‘enemy’ — it’s America’s watchdog 

The San Luis Obispo Tribune
We’re not your enemy. We’re journalists who cover the real news of SLO County

Society of Professional Journalists
The press isn’t ‘fake’

The Star News
Trump’s attacks on press go too far

The Star Democrat
Your local newspaper is your neighbor

The Swellesley Report
Is humble Wellesley news site an ‘Enemy of the People?’

Tampa Bay Times
Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

The Telegraph

Toledo Blade
No more enemies

The Topeka Capital-Journal
Press isn’t ‘enemy of the people’

Tri-City Herald 
President Trump, we’re not ‘enemies of the people.’ End your war on our free press

Valdosta Daily Times

Valencia County News Bulletin
We are not the enemy; we are the people

Van Buren County Democrat
Friends like these

Whitman-Hanson Express
We stand for press freedom