The Pueblo Chieftain: Celebrating the freedom of the press
Author: The Pueblo Chieftain Editorial Board - April 19, 2018 - Updated: April 19, 2018
This is Colorado Journalism Week, a time to celebrate and honor the essential role the working press performs in a free and open society. Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a proclamation to that effect for the week of April 16-22 during the Colorado Press Association’s annual convention last weekend.
The governor invoked the words of the nation’s fourth president, James Madison: “A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives … an informed constituency is essential to a healthy democracy.”
And President Thomas Jefferson once said: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”