A Free Press for a Global Society

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Christophe Vorlet for The Chronicle Review

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Christophe Vorlet for The Chronicle Review

At Columbia's commencement last spring, I asked the 12,000 graduates to consider one of the most daunting questions their generation will face in the increasingly interconnected world they will inherit: How will they—and we—realize on a global scale the principles of freedom of speech and press that have defined their experiences at an American university, where the prerogative to speak out on any topic and to pursue ideas has been the norm? That is not an easy question for any of