2017 Virginia Newspaper Week

10/1/2017

WHEREAS, our nation's founders understood that freedom of the press and an informed citizenry are cornerstones of a democracy; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth has played a vital role in promoting 1st amendment rights throughout history; and

WHEREAS, in 1776, the Virginia Declaration of Rights was the first declaration of rights to call for a free press, noting that a free press is, “one of the great Bulwarks of Liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic Government”; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Press Association has been championing the common interests of Virginia newspapers and the ideals of a free press in a democratic society since 1881; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Newspaper Week is an opportunity to remind citizens of the necessity of a free press, and emphasize the importance of newspapers in fostering accountability, transparency, improved public policy, and participation and responsiveness in the everyday lives of citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 1-7, 2017, as VIRGINIA NEWSPAPER WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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