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Perspective: Journalists accused of trespassing on Liberty University campus will not be prosecuted

May 16, 2020 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |

We note that two journalist who were accused of trespassing on Liberty University Campus will not be prosecuted.

Without inserting myself in this perspective let me share a personal incident. I recall entering a top security military installation to uncover a story. The story was carried on the front page of the daily I worked for the following day.. It made the lead story. We as practicing journalists have to do what we have to do. This is not a job for the faint of heart. It was a big risk, but it had to be done. If this risk needs to be taken again … would do the same again.

Will Not Prosecute

The decision therefore not to prosecute must be commended. Journalists face a lot of risks to their personal safety and some have been known to be killed in pursuit of trying to get the truth and usually trying to uncover corruption. Journalists have been imbedded in front lines and among troops in active battle. We do what it takes to get a story. That is the mark of a true professional journalist.

These two accused journalists were not on an illegal mission to steal, rape or engage in other forms of illegal activity. They were doing their jobs.

Our job is to unearth the truth without fear or favour and let the chips fall where they may. We should not allow ourselves to be gagged or intimidated in anyway, shape or form.


Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior National & International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper

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