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Two years ago on Feb. 11, 2002, Jay McWilliams and I took the plunge and launched HawaiiReporter.com under the banner of “Freedom to Report Real News.” We firmly believed Hawaii’s public deserved a newspaper published by people who did not fear of retaliation by those in government or other powerful positions and who were not influenced by who spent the most on advertising with our newspaper or who our investors were.

From the beginning, we understood fully and lived and worked by Winston Churchill’s 1940 statement: “A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize. It is the most dangerous foe of tyranny.” We’d experienced our share of tyrants who made us deeply appreciate Churchill’s statement –

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