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EDITORIAL: Censorship attempts must end
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EDITORIAL: Censorship attempts must end

Trump says he is revoking Washington Post credentials

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after giving a speech at Saint Anselm College Monday in Manchester, New Hampshire.

In the United States, as well as many foreign nations, freedom of the press is under attack.

The First Amendment lists some of the nation's foundational freedoms, including freedom of the press, freedom of religion and the right to peaceably assemble. Our Founding Fathers knew the public must serve as a check and balance on the government, and the press — or news media, as we know it today — must be free to report on the government to ensure voters are well informed.

All Americans should issue a loud outcry when those freedoms are under attack.

Today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is attacking the media's access to information, which affects your right as a voter to essential information about the presidential campaign.

Trump's latest assault is against The Washington Post. Complaining about a story is well within his rights, but revoking the news organization's credentials and access to his campaign goes too far.

This is Trump's attempt to censor news about his campaign.

He has tussled often with news organizations, including complaining about watchdog reporting that disclosed he didn't send promised donations to veterans groups until the day the media challenged him on it.

That's what the media are supposed to do.

Neither Trump nor Hillary Clinton nor any other candidate should expect reporters to refrain from asking tough questions. Nor should their supporters be upset about the candidates being grilled.

That's all part of the process. That's how voters learn what they need to know about the candidates.

Americans deserve better than to see their right to information about the campaign under attack from a major political party's candidate for president.


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Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Regional News Editor Sharon Ross, Assistant Deputy Editor Andrew Steele.

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