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


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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