Join the News Chorus On Thursday: We Are Not ‘The Enemy of the People’

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By Nancy West,

The New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism’s website will join news outlets across the country on Thursday posting an editorial denouncing President Trump’s “dirty war on the free press.”

The Boston Globe called for editorial writers to publish a coordinated response on Aug. 16 to Trump’s repeated attacks on journalism as “fake news.” will post your opinion as news consumers along with our editorial that day. Please email your brief letter to the editor to executive director Nancy West at and include your name, contact information and the town where you live. is proud to stand with journalists everywhere who work hard to inform the public and encourage civil conversation and civic participation.

Below find the Boston Globe’s request to participate that was disseminated by the New England Newspaper and Press Association:

The slander of “fake news” has become Donald Trump’s most potent tool of abuse and incitement against the First Amendment, labeling journalists the “enemy of the American people” and “dangerous and sick.”

This dirty war on the free press must end. The Boston Globe is reaching out to editorial boards across the country to propose a coordinated response. The Globe proposes to publish an editorial on Aug. 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date. Publications, whatever their politics, could make a powerful statement by standing together in the common defense of their profession and the vital role it plays in government for and by the people.

The impact of Trump’s assault on journalism looks different in Boise than it does in Boston. Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming.

A free and independent press is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution. Join The Globe to help make sure it stays so.


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