Capital Gazette shooting victims honored Sunday on Freedom of the Press Day

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Sunday, June 28, was celebrated as Freedom of the Press Day in honor of the five Capital Gazette employees murdered two years ago in Annapolis, Maryland, under a proclamation signed by Gov. Larry Hogan.

The governor's proclamation honored Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters, as well as “all journalists serving a vital role in the world’s democratic process to inform residents of the happenings of their governments.”

In addition, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland has introduced a bill to get a Fallen Journalist Memorial established in Washington, D.C.  The Capital Gazette reports that the memorial would use zero taxpayer funds, authorize a commemorative work on eligible federal land, would serve as a tribute to the Capital Gazette’s staff and to all other journalists who have died in the line of duty, and to the nation’s commitment to a free press. 

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