Recognizing World Press Freedom Day

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Marking the World Press Freedom Day, an activists holds a poster during a protest in Berlin.
Marking the World Press Freedom Day, an activists holds a poster during a protest.

Recognizing World Press Freedom Day

Each year, on May 3, the international community recognizes World Press Freedom Day to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom. This day is an opportunity to assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

In a statement, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo reaffirmed the United States' commitment to protecting safety and freedom for members of the press. He stated, "A free and independent media is indispensable to a vibrant, functioning democracy. Despite some progress, journalists around the world continue to be persecuted, targeted with violence, or even killed – all too often with impunity."

On World Press Freedom Day, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), higlighted its programs that support a vibrant civil society and independent media around the world. 

This week, the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor hosted a webchat with a group of experts on role of the press in free and open elections, disinformation, and the importance of protecting journalists. You can watch the video on demand here:

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