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."
A free and independent media is indispensable to a vibrant, functioning democracy. On #WPFD2019 , we reaffirm our commitment to protecting the safety and freedom for members of the press. @StateDept will continue to work tirelessly to advance press freedom.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 3, 2019
I echo @SecPompeo as we thank & honor those who have dedicated & even sacrificed their lives to sustaining democracy through journalism.— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) May 3, 2019
We value your commitment to free exchange of ideas & the important role you play in democratic governance. #WPFD2019 https://t.co/0aktZs8Be7
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.
Today we join the international community to celebrate and recognize the importance of a free and independent media on #WorldPressFreedomDay. Find out how USAID continues to support a vibrant civil society and independent media:
— USAID (@USAID) May 3, 2019
On #WPFD2019, learn how USAID is supporting programs in 30 countries, including #Moldova, to promote free media, including increasing the quality of content and legal frameworks protecting freedom of speech: https://t.co/ODeBrTH6CZ @Internews pic.twitter.com/amvKYIO5Oc— USAID (@USAID) May 3, 2019
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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