“One of the most important pillars of democracy is a free and open press. The job of a journalist is to hold leaders - on all levels of government - accountable while also telling the stories of the people, places and events that make up who we are as a society. To put it more simply, without a free and open press we would live in a vacuum and in a world where decisions were made without fear of consequence - and that is not democracy. On this 26th annual World Press Freedom Day, join me in commending those who do this work and calling for the freedom to report both here locally and around the world.”