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.
For more information:
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Statement on World Press Freedom Day
- Read about U.S. efforts to support press freedom.