Camille's editorial of October 11: The freedom to inform

The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to journalist Philipine Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov "for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia".

“They are the representatives of all journalists who defend this ideal in a world where democracy and freedom of the press are faced with increasingly unfavorable conditions. »Says the press release Nobel Prize of Peace which rewards freedom of information for the first time.

The freedom to inform is a precious right which, when it is respected, allows the citizens of a nation to have in their possession the information necessary for a good understanding of the world around them. It is also thanks to this right that our site exists according to our ambition which is to "inform, encourage, edify, mobilize".

It is also, as this Nobel Prize attests, a driving force for the transmission of fraternity and peace. This is also the case for other initiatives that today's news invites us to discover. 

A shooting at a high school in Arlington, Texas left four people injured last Wednesday. Hours after the tragedy, the Arlington community gathered to pray together.

Ashlyn henson, a 15-year-old high school student, spoke at the meeting to pray for the victims of the shooting as well as the gunman.

“I want to pray for the shooter, Lord God,” the young girl said, crying. "For you to touch his mind." May you touch her heart, Jesus. Let him see his fault. That he can feel remorse and be aware of the pain he has caused. And may he meet you Lord God ”.

Also in the United States, archaeologists believe they have discovered in Virginia in the United States, the foundations of the original building of the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, one of the oldest black churches in the country.

A church established in 1776 by slaves and black freemen who met in secret, in defiance of laws banning African-American congregations.

In a statement released after the discovery, Cliff Fleet, President and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation who said that “The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is committed to telling a more comprehensive and inclusive story of the men and women who have lived. , worked and worshiped here [on the site of the First Baptist Church] ”.

Today's editorial concludes with excellent news: the release of sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez. After being detained in Mali for 4 years and 8 months in the hands of a jihadist group affiliated with Al-Qaida, the Colombian missionary was released on October 9.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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