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The World needs to “protect, defend and thank the current crop of journalists” – Meryl Streep in Open Letter



Meryl Streep

Award-winning actress Meryl Streep in an open letter on journalism, praised journalists across the world for their bravery, while calling on everyone to protect, defend and thank them.

“I applaud and revere our female journalists,” she noted in the letter commissioned by PORTER Magazine for its winter issue.

She highlighted Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed by a bomb planted in a car for reporting on the Panama Papers.

She also praised Mexican journalist Patricia Mayorga and CNN correspondent Arwa Damon.

The letter read in part:

We need to protect, defend and thank the current crop of journalists around the world because they, their scruples and their principles are the front-line defense of free and informed people.

Journalists today, investigative journalists, and especially female journalists, are vulnerable and come under a special scrutiny online.

They must vouch for their stories, put their names on them, and as a result they attract the cowardly, the bullies, the brotherhood of bots and their easily aroused armies of haters.

We need the brave ones out front picking through the field ahead of us for land mines so we don’t step on one, or elect one.

Bravery is terrifying and actual, bravado is a parade. We see enough examples of Braggadocio and Bravado strutting around on the public stage…but true bravery is Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, blown up in her car for reporting on the Panama Papers….I applaud and revere our female journalists – I love them, and their equally undaunted brothers. We need them now more than ever….

The full letter will be available in PORTER’s next issue which can be gotten HERE.

Photo Credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images


  1. Aare

    September 28, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Sadly, not the feeling I get about majority of nigerian journalists.

    • Ola

      October 2, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      You cannot posit a ‘feeling’ you have given no facts to prove. Who reports the activities of terrorist organisations like Boko Haram in Nigeria; or the level of corruption found in the corridors of power? The fact that it is too close to home for you to see, or none has been killed in a car or ‘letter’ bomb in recent times does not mean journalists in Nigeria are not worthy of praise and respect. Keep your opinions and ‘feelings’ to yourself if you cannot make an informed one. Do not ‘uneducate’ readers who have respect for other people’s professions. This is a profession some have dedicated their entire lives to and to just show up with a ‘feeling’ is a huge disregard of the efforts of the people who are the ‘fourth estate of the realm’ (google it). When someone else says we need to “protect, defend and thank the current crop of journalists”, the least you can do is keep quiet.

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