Journalists Against Free Speech


All editors and publishers can take a couple of basic steps. One is to concentrate on hiring journalists committed to the most important kind of diversity: a wide range of ideas open for vigorous debate. The other step is even simpler: stop capitulating. Ignore the online speech police, and don't reward the staff censors, either. Instead of feeling their pain or acceding to their demands, give them a copy of Nat Hentoff's Free Speech for Me-but Not for Thee. If they still don't get it-if they still don't see that free speech is their profession's paramount principle-tactfully suggest that their talents would be better suited to another line of work.