Celebrating World Press Freedom Day

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Journalists cover a news conference of members of Syrian opposition groups. August 28, 2012
Journalists cover a news conference of members of Syrian opposition groups, August 28, 2012.

Celebrating World Press Freedom Day

May 3 marks World Press Freedom Day, a date which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993.  Since then, the world has used this occasion to celebrate the principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of their work.

In a statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “Ethical and transparent media coverage is foundational to free and open societies. It promotes accountability and sparks public debate. Societies built on good governance, strong civil society, and an open and free media are more prosperous, stable, and secure.” 

The United States has a strong track record of advocating for and protecting press freedom. The U.S. Department of State offers development programs and exchanges for media professionals, supports the free flow of information and ideas on the internet, and provides the tools and resources needed to keep journalists safe.

 

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Today, the United States Senate confirmed Philip Goldberg, Charge d'Affaires ad interim at the United States Embassy in Cuba, David Hale, United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Michele Sison, United States Ambassador to Haiti, and Daniel Smith, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, as Career Ambassadors. According to the Foreign Service Act of 1980, the President is empowered with the advice and consent of the Senate to confer the personal rank of Career Ambassador upon a career member of the Senior Foreign Service in recognition of especially distinguished service over a sustained period. There have only been 59 Career Ambassadors confirmed prior to 2018. In recognition of this honor, we congratulate the Ambassadors and invite you to learn more about them. Philip Goldberg