Celebrate World Press Freedom Day with UNESCO, The New York Times, and The Bedford Citizen


On UNESCO World Press Freedom Day, Sunday, May 3, The New York Times will launch a campaign to encourage its readers to find a local news organization they trust and to support that organization through a subscription or donation. The Bedford Citizen is proudly among the news organizations so recognized. Click to visit the list.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay proclaimed that “A free press, offering access to a full range of information is essential to helping [the world] face, understand, think about and overcome the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis.”  Azoulay is joined in this endeavor by A.O. Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, who affirmed the importance of local news, “We know firsthand the essential role original, quality news organizations play in communities across the nation.”

In mid-March, along with its coverage of all things Bedford, The Citizen created a special section where its stories relating to the coronavirus, Covid-19, and the pandemic’s impact on our town can be found in one place.

The Citizen has logged 191 stories, ranging from the simple delight of neighbors posting lighthearted jokes for anyone to see; to ‘drive-by’ birthday parades; to the ‘Young Patriot’ and his drum, marching through Bedford neighborhoods; to a happy story of coronavirus patient recovering after several weeks on a ventilator.

There are more serious stories: Daily updates from Town Manager Sarah Stanton; news from Beacon Hill shared by State Rep. Ken Gordon and State Sen. Mike Barrett; weekly updates from the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, an important Bedford neighbor for more than 50 years; and what made Passover 5780 ‘Differently Different.’

The crisis has birthed substantial philanthropic efforts: Two from among Bedford’s Chinese-American community – the first, a handsome gift to Bedford’s Emergency Relief Fund to support the Town’s newly-expanded Food Bank, the other that delivered much-needed Personal Protective Equipment to Lahey Hospital. A volunteer-led program, Operation Feed the Soul, has delivered thousands of meals prepared by local restaurants to front-line hospital staff and first responders.

Since Covid-19 took charge of the world, The Citizen has covered Bedford’s 2020 socially-distanced election; board and committee meetings held via Zoom; and local businesses responding to a sudden change in the world’s economic climate.

There’s a lot more: Click this link to peruse all our Covid-19 articles.

But most of all, know that The Citizen is all of us. That means everyone who helps to keep Bedford a vibrant, engaged community ~ A community that will be found in the pages of The New York Times come Sunday, May 3, 2020! 

Keep our journalism strong! Support The Citizen Journalism Fund today. Contact The Bedford Citizen: editor@thebedfordcitizen.org or 781-430-8837

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