We need to always be vigilant for even the smallest restrictions or alterations to our freedom of expression and our essential rights. If we lapse we lose because hard-won successes in creating a good society don’t automatically remain. Without constant vigilance and maintenance our rights will erode, somewhat like our physical surroundings over time. Except, here we must be vigilant to those people that would trade our freedoms for short-sighted interests, perverse power, and neglect of the common well-being. Let’s make sure that we stay aware on World Press Freedom Day. Read more about the UNESCO 2017 themes. You should read this conversation with PEN International’s past president, John Ralston Saul, it says a lot.