Secretary Clinton on Journalists Who Shed Light on Dark Secrets

I am delighted to be able to send greetings and to congratulate the awardees at tonight’s event. The International Center for Journalists plays a vital role in supporting the important work of journalists around the world. You remind us that access to information is the cornerstone of empowering people and communities across the globe, and that a free press is an absolutely essential element of successful democracies.

Thomas Jefferson famously said that if asked to choose between a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, he would not hesitate to take the latter. Now, of course, that was before cable news and the Internet, but you get the idea. Today, the indispensible power of journalism to inform, provoke and catalyze positive change is as essential as ever.

So these courageous reporters honored here tonight have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their profession and, through their work, have helped shed light on issues that were once hidden in the shadows. To all of tonight’s honorees, I want to thank you for your work. Whether exposing drug trafficking and corruption in Mexico, documenting the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, or years of distinguished reporting, from war zones to Washington. You are examples of true excellence in your profession. Congratulations to each of you and thank you for your valuable contributions to us all.