Amanpour: No free of charge press, no democracy (opinion)

This is the next installment in the CNN Opinion series on the challenges facing the media, under attack from critics, governments and changing technology.

London (CNN) A good few short days ago, here in Britain we marked Armistice Evening.

I am sure such ceremonies happen in many other areas of the world, also, but somehow THE UK seems the fitting spot to honor services, sacrifice, and how “the little region that could” gathered its good friends in a mighty coalition to defeat monstrous tyranny, not really once in the fantastic War, but once again in World War II.

Hence, observing Remembrance Sunday can be an annual workout in humility, reverence, gratitude and above all, ensuring that so very much sacrifice and giving shall under no circumstances be forgotten.

To witness the Queen and members of the royal family members, the Primary Minister, and all her living predecessors, the leaders of all political celebrations, the leaders greater than twelve faiths, the armed solutions and the dozens of commonwealth nations, all returning together on a wintry, sunny Sunday morning hours to lay the blood-crimson poppy wreaths at the base of the Cenotaph in Whitehall, is a stark reminder in our tribal situations of a shared humanity, a collective community, with common values and purpose. That one workout vividly paints the photo of how our democracies own survived.

I usually get emotional, but for me the reason why this matters so very much is because additionally it is about the men and women of my career, journalists who have never left leading lines of the fight for truth.

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