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Tue, Aug. 20

Letter: Free press


Kudos to the Daily Courier. Your unique front page of June 4 is a serious yet celebratory reminder of our international right to a free press. Just this past April, I had the privilege of visiting the Newseum in Washington, DC. I was in the company of my younger sister, a retired journalist who remembers hearing constant gunfire when she and several other American journalists went to Bosnia Herzgovina to conduct a workshop for local journalists on free press.

Moreover, when she and I arrived at the section of the Newseum memorializing the hundreds of journalists all over the world who have lost their lives in the service of covering the news, it was incredibly sobering to note that along with the rows and rows of plaques engraved with the names of lost journalists, there was an almost equal number of blank plaques awaiting the inscription of new names. We are indeed fortunate to live in a world where many countries including our own support a free press. I believe this in spite of the almost daily accusations of “fake news” coming from Pennsylvania Avenue.

Cathie Englekirk



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