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Maryland Observes Freedom of the Press Day

June 28th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed June 28 “Freedom of the Press Day” in honor of the five Capital Gazette employees who were murdered in the newsroom on June 28, 2018: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters. 

“Two years ago today, five Marylanders lost their lives to a heinous and unthinkable act of violence,” said Governor Hogan. “Today, as we honor those we lost and all who have lost their lives in the pursuit of informing our citizens, we recognize the vital role that the freedom of the press has in our democracy and our duty to honor and protect this most fundamental constitutional right.”

View the proclamation here.

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS DAY

JUNE 28, 2020

WHEREAS, The Founding Fathers of the United States recognized the vital importance of a free press to uphold the nation’s democracy through the inclusion of the right to a free press in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, Other nations throughout the world do not enjoy this right; and

WHEREAS, Members of the United States Armed Forces have defended and given the ultimate sacrifice to protect this right; and

WHEREAS, This right is threatened in the United States and around the world by acts of violence and dangerous, irresponsible rhetoric; and

WHEREAS, All Marylanders join on June 28, 2020 in honoring the loss of the lives of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters of the Capital Gazette, who were murdered in the newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland; and

WHEREAS, June 28, will be observed as Freedom of the Press Day in Maryland to memorialize the lives lost on June 28, 2018, at the Capital Gazette offices and to honor and protect all journalists serving a vital role in the world’s democratic process to inform residents of the happenings of their governments.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, do hereby proclaim June 28, 2020 as FREEDOM OF THE PRESS DAY in Maryland, and do commend this observance to all of our citizens.

3 Responses to “Maryland Observes Freedom of the Press Day”

  1. June 28, 2020 at 11:15 am, Jay said:

    Someone might call it Enemy of the People Day.

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  2. June 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm, MARTIN D FORNWALT said:

    OH YES! FREEDOM OF THE PRESS! A TIME HONORED THIBUSH NG! TILL TRUMP WAS ELECTED! AND WHO KNOWS HOW LONG BEFORE THAT! MAYBE WHEN CLINTON WAS SELLING A SHAM OF NAFTA! GIVING AMERICA’S JOBS TO OTHER COUNTRIES? OR THE BUSH IDIOTS? OR OBAMA! GIVING $150 BILLION DOLLARS TO IRAN? TO HELP KILL OUR SERVICE TROOPS? OR SELLING US! WITH THE MORONS IN THE CONGRESS AND SENATE ON A HEALTH PLAN? THAT WHEN YOU WERE UNABLE TO PAY INTO HIS SCUM! THE IRS STEPPED IN TO FINE YOUR ASS? 80 YEARS THESE CRIMINALS HAVE ROBED AND STOLEN OUR SOCIAL SECURITY DOLLARS! WE NEED TO GET REVENGE ON THESE SCUMBAGS!

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    • June 29, 2020 at 12:53 pm, Jay said:

      Martin, you need to edit your posts. The money given back to Iran was their money. We took it due to sanctions. We were returning it as per a negotiated agreement. I am on SS and I get my payment every month in the exact amount I am due. Not sure who you are accusing of stealing our SS dollars. And you’re using that word revenge again. Calm down.

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