Joined: 13 Oct 2003
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Regulars to this website will have noticed that we have been concentrating on a newly formed association called the: International Association Of Independent Journalists. However; many of you may wonder why we are so committed in a website devoted to free speech and freedom of thought; the answers soon become obvious.
It is the right of a citizen to be able to question fellow citizens, in any office or position in society, and report this "news" to his/her fellow citizens. An example of the importance of this right is seen in the first amendment of the U.S. Bill Of Rights:
"Amendment 1 - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Right next to freedom of speech is the protection afforded to the press. Furthermore; it is important to state that the title of "reporter" or "journalist" is the responsibility of any able citizen, it is not something granted by the government or any connnected branch such as learning institutions and organizations influenced by that government. In opressive regimes, the news is controlled by the government; and sadly, the press in the United States Of America, has been under increasing control from the present government. So we now act; an individual - any individual - has the right to be a part of the press and perform this vital function of questioning and reporting the activites of their society as he or she sees fit.
Part of fortressoffreedom.com is the reporting of small time news that would get overlooked by the mainstream media - "the voice of the little guy". We are a news agency. With this in mind; an association called the International Association Of Independent Journalists was established as a support group for anyone - I repeat - anyone wishing to take on the reponsibility of reporting the news.
This organization will support primarily by the issuing of press cards that will also validate that individual as a journalist on-line; and we will be very liberal with whom we consider a journalist. Thus in parts of the world where journalist associations are banned; these people will be validated by an association such as ours in their fight to do their job. We established secure means of communication early in the life of this website (Freenet, Hushmail, etc.), and then we tested the accessiblility of the site and determined it to be one of the most accessible websites in the world. We now turn our attention to the implementation and promoting of our service to the world at large.
This project and commitment come at a time when posters at this website started to grow weary of general conversation about freedom of speech and thought, now we have direction and a legitimate cause; this is just the natural progression of what we are. We are not abandoning any of the current parts of this website, just temporarily prioritizing some of the parts.....exciting times are ahead!