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Meryl Streep says the world needs more brave women journalists

Meryl Streep - REUTERS/Lucas Jackson.

Meryl Streep says the world needs more brave women journalists

Meryl Streep says the world needs more brave women journalists

In an emotional open letter, Hollywood actress, Meryl Streep, has praised the bravery of female journalists – often putting their lives on the line to expose wrongdoings and highlight important social issues.

In a recently-penned open letter for a fashion publication, Meryl Streep has highlighted the importance of what she described as “relentless, annoying questioners” in a climate of “fake news” and “bravado strutting around on the public stage”. Streep has paid tribute to late Maltese reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia among others in an open letter that details why the world needs journalists more than ever.

The three-time Oscar winner praised the bravery of Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb in October last year after her investigation into money-laundering and corruption in the Mediterranean island nation.

The 69-year-old Streep, who portrayed the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, Katharine Graham, in The Post, also singled out Mexican journalist Patricia Mayorga and CNN correspondent Arwa Damon for praise.

She wrote: “We need to protect, defend and thank the current crop of journalists around the world, because they, their scruples and their principles are the frontline defence of free and informed people.

“Journalists today, investigative journalists, and especially female journalists, are vulnerable and come under a special scrutiny online.

“They must vouch for their stories, put their names on them, and as a result they attract the cowardly, the bullies, the brotherhood of bots and their easily aroused armies of haters.”

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