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Archbishop to attend Service of Commemoration for fallen journalists

archbishop.jpgThe Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will attend a Service to commemorate those journalists, cameramen and support staff who have died on the frontline, at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street at 12.30pm on Wednesday 5th November 2014. This year, the event's title "The Pen is mightier than the Sword" is particularly resonant in the light of recent atrocities in Syria, but the industry will also come together as one in facing faces perils now and uncertainty ahead.

The Archbishop will also deliver the Address and Readings will be given by senior figures across the newspaper industry. The Service will be led by Canon Alison Joyce, who will be officiating at her first major service as the new Rector of St Bride's.

"We demand a great deal of our journalists and foreign correspondents," says James Irving, Head of Operations at St Bride's, "expecting them to keep us informed about difficult and dangerous situations in the trouble spots of the world. We are delighted that the Archbishop has agreed to lead this service and honour those who have paid the ultimate price in bringing us the truth as they see it. We will also celebrate the profession of journalism, and the priceless value of free speech."

On 10th November 2010, we held a service to honour journalists, cameramen and support staff who had died as a result of the conflicts of the first decade of the 21st century. In the words of Joan Connell of the Dart Centre for Journalism in New York, "We will count on the power of the word and the good people of St Bride's to stand vigil for all those who risk their lives and their well-being to bear witness to the most difficult human truths." We were honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall joined us to support the loved ones of those we had lost. The Sunday Times's foreign correspondent, Marie Colvin, gave the inaugural address.

Each year since, as close as possible to Armistice Day, we have gathered together those from the print, online and broadcast media to remember again family, friends and colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In 2012, poignantly, Marie Colvin was one of those people.

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