Citizen journalism has emerged as a significant force for free speech. With mainstream media so blatantly biased and ideologically driven, public trust in news organizations has plummeted to record-low levels. It’s clear that an alternative is needed.

Elon Musk’s late-September stunt at the border brought fresh attention to the role citizen journalism can and has played in providing an on-the-ground account of events and driving attention to social issues. Darnella Frazier’s May 2020 video capturing George Floyd’s final moments is a good example: without intending to, she sparked global protests and earned herself a special Pulitzer Prize citation.

In an ideal world, media would provide objective reporting and context, but it often falls short of this standard. Citizen journalism, with its real-time and unfiltered nature, offers another level of transparency — and poses a threat to powerful entities. Efforts to police speech and control what can and can’t be said online are reaching new heights in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom.

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