Letter to the Editor: Standing with journalists

The Delaware Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America commends the decision by Time Magazine to name “The Guardians” who fight against the War on Truth as the “Person of the Year.”

Whether covering events at a city hall, a state house, or a nation’s capital, journalists who strive to report facts and bring issues to light consistently face threats to everything from their reputations to their lives. This year alone, 52 journalists have been murdered around the world.

Members of the Public Relations Society of America have all pledged to adhere to a Code of Ethics that recognizes the essential nature of a free press as an integral part of a democracy. We are dependent on a free press and rely on it as we speak honestly and fearlessly on behalf of ourselves, our companies, clients, and causes.

In August, PRSA led a group of 15 global organizations of professional communicators in declaring support for journalists who “bravely seek the truth, focus on facts, and hold government, business and other institutions accountable.”

The following journalists are recognized by Time:

•The staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, including five members killed in a June shooting in their newsroom, as they worked on stories and pursued their role as truth-tellers;

•Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims;

•Maria Ressa, editor of a Philippine news website renowned for its criticism of the country’s president, now out on bail on bogus charges of tax evasion;

•Saudi journalist, U.S. permanent resident and Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi, whose writing was highly critical of the Saudi government, was in exile in the U.S. before he was murdered in October at Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate.

We, the members of the Delaware Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, stand in solidarity with all journalists, and we encourage every person in Delaware to learn more about organizations like the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Kim Turner

Jeff Jackson

Laurie Bick Jensen

Jean Toman

Leon Tucker

Allison Levine

Ken Grant

Denée Crumrine

Kent Wissinger

Board of the Delaware Chapter
of the Public Relations
Society of America

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