Has there been a more troubling time for free expression worldwide than right now?
I can't remember one. Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, has the numbers to back that up. The number of journalists, worldwide, in prison or killed while doing their jobs is at its highest since his organization began keeping records in 1992.
"This is the worst moment for journalists in recent history - and perhaps ever," Simon told me this weekend. The most dangerous places are conflict zones, like Syria, and countries with repressive regimes, like Turkey.
When journalists are endangered, you can be sure that free expression is under siege.
The attempted coup in Turkey put a bright light on the perils: One Turkish photojournalist was killed. Other media people were forced, at gunpoint, to read a statement over the air.
And then there's what's happening in the United States, which sees itself as a stronghold of free expression.