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UN calls to all nationals to respect freedom of the press and human right

UN calls to all nationals to respect freedom of the press and human right

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Dili, 03 may 2023 (TATOLI)- United Nations (UN) called to all nations to respect press freedom as represents the “ Very lifeblood and Human Right,’’

UN General Secretary, António Guterres said in a message on World Press Freedom Day that, Press Freedom represented “Very Lifeblood and Human Rights’’ it is the foundation of democracy and justice.

“Freedom of the press is the foundation of democracy and justice.  It gives all of us the facts we need to shape opinions and speak truth to power.  And as this year’s theme reminds us, press freedom represents the very lifeblood of human rights,’’ UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ Said in a message for World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.

He added that in every corner of the world, freedom of the press is under attack.  Truth is threatened by disinformation and hate speech seeking to blur the lines between fact and fiction, between science and conspiracy.

At least 67 media workers were killed in 202, an unbelievable 50 percent increase over the previous year.  Nearly three-quarters of women journalists have experienced violence online, and one in four has been threatened physically.

Thus, this day highlights a basic truth: all our freedom depends on press freedom. As journalists stand up for truth, the world stands with them.

The increased concentration of the media industry into the hands of a few, the financial collapse of scores of independent news organizations, and an increase of national laws and regulations that stifle journalists are further expanding censorship and threatening freedom of expression.

Meanwhile, journalists and media workers are directly targeted on and offline as they carry out their vital work.  They are routinely harassed, intimidated, detained, and imprisoned.

Ten years ago, the United Nations established a Plan of Action for the Safety of Journalists to protect media workers and end impunity for crimes committed against them.

On this and every World Press Freedom Day, the world must speak with one voice.  Stop the threats and attacks.  Stop detaining and imprisoning journalists for doing their jobs.  Stop the lies and disinformation.  Stop targeting truth and truth-tellers.

For three decades, on World Press Freedom Day, the international community has celebrated the work of journalists and media workers.

 

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.

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