One of the most powerful things you’ll ever read

I realize that a great many things crowd our attention today, but there’s always more.  Chances are that you don’t know much about the violent struggle in Sri Lanka.  Lasantha Wickramatunga knew the struggle all too well.  He was the editor of The Sunday Leader, and he was committed to informing his fellow man.  Mr. Wickramatunga was murdered recently, just as he knew that he would be…just as he knew who would order that murder.  He wrote a letter to be published after the murder finally took place.

But there is a calling that is yet above high office, fame, lucre and security. It is the call of conscience.

The free media serve as a mirror in which the public can see itself sans mascara and styling gel. From us you learn the state of your nation, and especially its management by the people you elected to give your children a better future. Sometimes the image you see in that mirror is not a pleasant one. But while you may grumble in the privacy of your armchair, the journalists who hold the mirror up to you do so publicly and at great risk to themselves. That is our calling, and we do not shirk it.

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~ by Lex on January 14, 2009.

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