“(W)hen the relevance of a free press is being challenged by some, the state of Connecticut celebrates and honors the fundamental role that journalism provides for everyone who lives in a free and democratic society,” Malloy said in his decree.
The governor’s proclamation notes several important moments in the newspaper’s history. He said the paper, which began only two years after the end of the Civil War, has “provided innumerous accounts of historic events of our state and our nation in order to provide the news of the day to the people who live” in the paper’s coverage area.
Malloy also referenced recent RJ Media accomplishments, notably its distinction as one of the “10 Newspapers That Do it Right” by Editor & Publisher in March 2016, as well as continuing to grow upon its all-time high in readership.
He concluded that the newspaper’s “ongoing spirit and history remains an integral part of our state’s fiber.”