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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #846 - #FreePress

22 Oct, 2018

"People sometimes pay with their lives for saying what they think."
Anna Politkovskaya

"How we react to the tragedy of one small person accurately reflects our attitude towards a whole nationality, and increasing the numbers doesn't change much."
Anna Politkovskaya

"The foreign correspondent is frequently the only means of getting an important story told, or of drawing the world's attention to disasters in the making or being covered up. Such an important role is risky in more ways than one."
Chinua Achebe

"Our democracy depends on an informed citizenry to survive.... Besides the advancement of truth, science, and morality in general, the freedom of the press is a backbone of democracy. It exists to keep the government transparent, and the human instruments of government honest."
Kenneth Eade

"Freedom of the press is the mortar that binds together the bricks of democracy--and it is also the open window embedded in those bricks."
Shashi Tharoor

Is journalism worth dying for?
Anna Politkovskaya believed so.
As did Jamal Khashoggi.
They both paid with their lives.

9/11/2001 was not the greatest attack on our country.
11/8/2016 was.

We took for granted so much before that date,
including the fact that an ignorant narcissistic mercenary buffoon
couldn't be elected president in this country.

We were wrong about so many things.

Anything can happen.
And without a free press, anything can happen
with impunity.

We cannot take the press for granted.
We cannot take our votes for granted.
We cannot take our rights and liberties
nor our very lives
for granted.

Nothing, now, can be taken for granted.

Each infraction is an infraction against us all.
Each grotesque slur is a slur against us all.
Each family separation is the separation of us all.
Each murder is the murder of us all.

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