Today, May 3rd, is World Press Freedom Day.
This international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.
The day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom. Press freedom around the world is evaluated, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on this day called for an end to the crackdown on journalists who he described as a ‘‘voice of the voiceless.’‘
The UN chief called for the defense of a free media stressing that it was ‘‘crucial to counter misinformation.”
‘Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless. Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death.
‘‘We need leaders to defend the free media, this is crucial to counter misinformation and you need everyone to stand for our right to truth.
‘‘On World Press Freedom Day, I call for an end to all crackdown against journalists because a free press advances peace and justice for all. When we protect journalists, their words and pictures can change our world,’‘ he concluded.
CGTN’s Robert Nagila has more.