A splendid editorial

15 June 2016

Dear Editor,

Re: “Power ... corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely ...” - Sir John Acton

Thank you Samoa Observer Editor-in-Chief Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa for an impressively splendid editorial. You are right that freedom is a gift from God. It can only be robbed by the unscrupulous and unprincipled and such a deed is a blasphemy to the Omnipotent God.

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George Mason said “The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.”

Walter Cronkite added, “Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.”

Felix Frankfurter uttered, “Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society.”

Barack Obama concluded, “We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech -- because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth.”

Esther Tyler 

15 June 2016

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