I am delighted to join you in honoring journalists for their commitment to the truth, and celebrating the field of journalism for helping to build a world that is more free and more fair.
Journalists expose corruption and highlight issues that are critical to our common future -- from election transparency in the Balkans to human trafficking in Asia. This can be difficult, dangerous work. You ask the tough questions. You travel to the most remote places. You put your lives on the line each and every day. You tell the stories that need to be told and shed light on issues that cannot afford to be hidden in the shadows.
As Secretary of State, I appreciate the role of the media in keeping government officials accountable. A free press is key to any thriving democracy. I commend the work of the International Center for Journalists for promoting quality journalism around the world. Congratulations to each of you and thank you for your invaluable contributions.