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A Free Press Is Essential to a Free Society

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As I turned a year older yesterday, I was trading quips on Facebook with my former editor-in-chief at Generation magazine, blissfully unaware of the breaking story about Lara Logan's assault. When I finally heard it, I couldn't fathom why she would return to Egypt after her recent troubles there: blindfolded, detained, driver beaten. What pushed this woman, this mother, to put her life in jeapardy again for the sake of a story?

I immediately thought of Veronica Guerin, the famous Irish reporter, who was gunned down nearly one year after her story of a murdered drug kingpin brought gunfire on her house, a gunshot to her leg and threats from a convicted criminal against her son. Yet, she pushed on. Why?

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petiti…