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World Press Freedom Day was established by the United Nations to celebrate the right to freely impart and receive information. Without it, there is no freedom of expression, the universal human right that secures all other rights. The day’s purpose could hardly be more timely:
May 3 acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom. It is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.
Today, freedom of the press is as important as ever but under increasing threat. It is the freedom to uncover corruption, overturn autocracies, expose atrocities, and demand civil rights. It is also, inextricably, the freedom to be disagreeable. As a result, it has made some enemies.A free press is not tame. It’s messy, unpredictable, vexing, and yet absolutely vital, both for the independent publishers on our platform and for a healthy society more broadly.


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