Homer Alaska - Opinion

Story last updated at 8:53 PM on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Free press vital to democracy


Tuesday, May 3, is a day of special interest to us at the Homer News: World Press Freedom Day. It's a day to remember how vital a free press is to democracy. Here at the Homer News we've been yelled at, received critical emails and letters, and even been sued. We're fortunate that no one here has been imprisoned or killed. Not so other brave reporters and photographers around the world.

In 2010, 62 journalists died while trying to do their jobs. Recently, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed by a rocket propelled grenade while covering the conflict in Libya. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers is running a campaign, "Silence kills democracy, but a free press talks," to remind the world of the importance of a free press.

We hope you agree and join us in honoring the journalists who have paid the highest price of freedom and acknowledging the necessity of a free press.


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