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Maryland marks third anniversary of Capital Gazette tragedy

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed June 28, 2021 “Press Freedom 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.

“It is now three years since five Capital Gazette employees lost their lives in a horrific act of violence,” Governor Hogan said. “Today, as we dedicate a new memorial in their honor, we are reminded that our First Amendment – and our democracy itself – depend on a strong, vibrant and unfettered free press. We must all continue to work hard to protect and defend this at all costs. “

See the proclamation here.

JUNE 28, 2021

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

WHEREAS, other nations around the world do not enjoy this right; and

WHEREAS members of the United States armed forces have stood up for and made 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 and irresponsible rhetoric; and

WHEREAS, all Marylanders join on June 28, 2021 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 press room in Annapolis , Maryland; and

WHEREAS June 28 will be celebrated as Press Freedom Day in Maryland to commemorate the lives lost on June 28, 2018, at the offices of the Capital Gazette and to honor and protect all journalists playing a vital role in the global democratic process to inform residents of the events of their governments.

THEREFORE I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, proclaim June 28, 2021 PRESS FREEDOM DAY in Maryland, and recommend this celebration to all of our citizens.

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