Bollinger urges the U.S. to apply pressure on behalf of free speech in every possible venue. We should use the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other such treaties that have free speech requirements and are customary international law. We should use world courts. We should also, the author suggests, require free speech values to be part of our international trade discussions. How can we change things internationally if we cannot assure the survival of our own journalistic culture, or rely on our own courts to protect the values we cherish? The answer is that we must. Bollinger is right.

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Eve Burton is vice president and general counsel at the Hearst Corporation and an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.