YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Members of the Youngstown Press Club gathered at Youngstown State University on Friday to commemorate World Press Freedom Day.
The local organization made up of active and retired journalists recognized their peers who made the ultimate sacrifice in their careers.
During the event, they read the names of nearly 80 journalists who died over the past two years while covering news around the world.
Organizers said journalists face challenges each day under normal circumstances.
“And really putting yourself out there, putting your name out there, putting your face out there and having a voice contributing to the conversation and covering the fabric of humanity. There’s people that take issue with that, so we want to honor that,” said Dr. Mary Beth Earnheardt.
In addition to the 76 journalists who died in more than a dozen countries, 174 more journalists are imprisoned in foreign jails.