Bill Stewart Telegram to the American Broadcasting Company for Use at a Memorial Service for the News Correspondent.
The murder of ABC correspondent Bill Stewart in Nicaragua is a tragedy for his family, his friends, and for freedom-loving people everywhere.
Bill Stewart was a dedicated and courageous journalist. At the time of his death, he was attempting to perform the highest duty of the American press: to inform the public on the important issues of the day.
As nations become increasingly interdependent, our ability to solve our common problems, our very ability to survive and our hope of peace depends to a large degree upon our knowledge of conditions and events around the world. It is important that our journalists, as well as those of other countries, be allowed to cover world events without undue restraint.
When journalists are intimidated, the search for truth is intimidated.
On behalf of all Americans, Rosalynn and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Bill Stewart's wife, his family and friends.
Note: The text of the telegram was made available by the White House on June 29, the date of the memorial service, which was held in New York City.
Jimmy Carter, Bill Stewart Telegram to the American Broadcasting Company for Use at a Memorial Service for the News Correspondent. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/249126