Pope Francis decried suppression of press freedom in "so-called democratic" countries in a Monday interview with Reuters.
"The right to information is a right that must always be protected," he said. "States that have something they don't want to be seen always stop the media and freedom of the press, and we must fight for freedom of the press. We must fight."
The pope specifically addressed the plight of the Rohingya, a Muslim-majority minority in Myanmar whose violent persecution by government troops as well as Buddhist mobs and militias has been labeled by the United Nations a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." Two Reuters reporters covering the Rohingya crisis have been jailed by Myanmar since December.
"I would like that the reason why they are in prison be clarified. If they have committed a crime or not. But it is important that the situation be clarified," Pope Francis said. "In some countries maybe things are going well, but there are many ways to silence the media." Bonnie Kristian
After months spent attempting to discredit Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton's campaign is reportedly now trying to re-establish its own candidate as the center of its message. As Election Day approaches, "voters aren't going to be able to rattle off her bullet points," Democratic strategist Anita Dunn told The Washington Post. "We're at a point in the campaign where voters want to hear what candidates are going to do — not just what's wrong with your opponent, but why you."
While Clinton has maintained a slight lead in the polls, over half the country still views her unfavorably, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average.
President Obama's former chief strategist David Axelrod summed up the task ahead for Team Clinton: "Who is she? Why is she running for president? Why should people have trust in her? Why should they feel invested in her candidacy?" Jeva Lange