You know a society is out of control when they point the finger at the messenger. Leaders attack journalists when they are trying to deflect attention from their own actions.
Journalists, artists, and commentators are the of the canaries in the coal mine. When they start having the life squeezed out their tiny, but vocal, lungs we should be concerned–very, very concerned. The quickest way to control the discourse in silence the dissenting opinions because that 1% make 90% of the noise and inspire the masses to reconsider the party line.