Soldiers are not the only ones dying for your freedom

by lestro

Today is Memorial Day. Originally started as Decoration Day following the Civil War and expanded into the summer-starting three day weekend of flag-waving, barbeques, parades and blockbuster movies, each of us should make sure we take time today to reflect on the meaning of the holiday.

Especially when so many Americans are currently off fighting and dying in stupid wars for leaders who have no way out.

But soldiers, sailors and Marines and not the only people out there in the war zone every day, fighting for your freedom. Each day, journalists from around the world also pull on their flack jackets and head out to the front lines, armed with only a notebook or a camera.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, so far this year, 10 journalists have been killed on duty. They join 65 killed in 2007.

Dozens more remain missing.

In Iraq, two journalists have been killed so far this year, bringing the total number of journalists killed in this conflict to 127. Both deaths this year were Iraqi reporters, highlighting again the danger and power of information in a country wracked by war.

There is no job more important to freedom and liberty than the simple journalist. The founding fathers knew it too, which is why it is the only non-governmental job protected by the Constitution.

Every nation has armies. Every nation has teachers. Every nation has doctors. But only nations with a free press are truly free.

These Journalists gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of getting the Story, so that we may be better informed about our world and the decisions our leadership are making. They are to be remembered and commended for doing their part to further freedom and democracy around the world.

“The only security of all is in a free press.”

–Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823.

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One Response to Soldiers are not the only ones dying for your freedom

  1. Pingback: Making the case for newspapers « The Church of the Apocalyptic Kiwi

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