One thing that is very important to us here at Biff Bam Pop! is freedom of the press, the ability to say what we want when we want to say it the way we want to say it. Today on World Press Freedom Day, I want to say a few words about a very important project that some of us here at BBP are involved in – Blog March 2017.
Since 1993, the United Nations has proclaimed May 3rd to be World Press Freedom Day, a day to “celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.” These are brave words from the United Nations, especially considering the media environment in the United States since the election of President Trump.
Not to put too sharp a point on it, but in this era of ‘fake news’ and people being told by the President that only he knows the real score, the media, and the press especially, is under fire. That is why Biff Bam Pop! writer Robin Renee has stood up to make her voice, as well as many others heard. Thus was the start of Blog March. In Robin’s own words: “We are coming together to claim and reclaim the value of our ideas, truths, and inspirations. We are a diverse group including activists, artists, musicians, scientists, authors, spiritual thinkers, atheists, health advocates, and general engaged citizens.”
Bringing together voices like Kevin Patterson, Dominic Valdano, Rorie Kelly, Edie Weinstein, Tom Limoncelli, Jessica A. Walsh, Mary McGinley and Wendy Sheridan of Audacious Eleven, BBP’s own Marie Gilbert, and myself, as well as many others, Robin Renee has created a peaceful and creative window for protest, the Blog March.