United States Marks World Press Freedom Day

Islamabad | May 2, 2014

The United States joins the international community in marking World Press Freedom Day on May 3. World Press Freedom Day is an annual occasion to recognize, honor, and underscore the essential role of independent media in fostering and protecting freedom of expression and democratic principles. The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance. Democratic societies are not infallible, but they are accountable, and the exchange of ideas is the foundation for accountable governance. In the United States and in many places around the world, the press fosters active debate, provides investigative reporting, and serves as a forum to express different points of view, particularly on behalf of those who are marginalized in society.

Freedom of expression is a fundamental freedom enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United States remains firmly committed to promoting and protecting press freedom, and to supporting United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) dedication to freedom of expression across the globe.

As Ambassador Olson said recently, “a free media is a key ingredient of democracy, and allows for a healthy national discussion on shaping a peaceful future for the country.” The United States commends journalists around the world for the important role they play in upholding democratic values and for their commitment to the free exchange of ideas.