Krishna Bharat at Newseum's Journalists Memorial Annual Rededication Ceremony

Krishna Bharat, founder and head of Google News, earlier this week spoke at the memorial's annual rededication ceremony. Over the course of his address, Krishna discussed the importance of a free press to society and of high-quality content to the web, observed the rising number of online journalists and bloggers coming under attack, and recounted […]

Krishna Bharat, founder and head of Google News, earlier this week spoke at the memorial's annual rededication ceremony. Over the course of his address, Krishna discussed the importance of a free press to society and of high-quality content to the web, observed the rising number of online journalists and bloggers coming under attack, and recounted incidents reported by the Committee to Protect Journalists. On a personal level, he also shared his memories as a boy in India and the influence of his grandfather in inspiring his appreciation for news.

"The journalists we remember and honor today chose lives that were full of meaning and purpose," he concluded. "Let their stories not be forgotten. Let us repeat them. Let us re-tweet them. And let us print them on our pages so the world knows that silencing a journalist simply does not pay."

As you can watch in the video below, he began by reflecting on what motivated those being honored "to walk a path that was not paved with gold, but with danger."

[Source: Google News blog]