In this disconnected world, we fight
To understand what's real and fake
How do the Press know what to write
When vested interests are at stake?
What part do Ethics play today?
With constant deadlines to be met
Black and white soon turn to grey
The truth is difficult to get.
World «Freedom of the Press» today*
Yet in some places it is hard
To let the people have their say
Woe betide those caught off guard...
We admire those who defy dissent
Through social media or email
And refuse to toe-the-line – intent
On speaking out - for they risk jail!
Challenges beset the press
Whose raison d'être is sharing news
Truth suffers under such duress
What price the chance to air one's views?
(c) Poet in the woods 2017
* 1st May