Free press essential for peace, justice

A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all, says UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.

On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, which is today, Guterres says a free press is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable.

“It is vital for sustainable development,” he says.

“Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told.

“Their service to the public is invaluable.

“Laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced.”

Guterres further said crimes against journalists must be prosecuted.

“On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists.

“Promoting a free press is standing up for our right to truth.”

(Secretary-General António Guterres)