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Freedom of the press: Mogherini (EU), “information, the foundation of democracy, is threatened all over the world”

(Brussels) “We celebrate World Press Freedom Day in a context that is challenging for journalism. Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are threatened all over the world”. On the EU’s behalf, the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, speaks on World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated on May 3rd. “Attacks against the media and the press are attacks against democracy and against the freedom of each one of us. Let’s pay tribute to all the journalists in Europe and in the world – she states – who have lost their lives while they worked. We call all the States to condemn violence against the press, to step in and improve their safety, while taking care in particular of women journalists, and to sentence the authors and instigators of such violence”. Freedom of the press “plays a key role in the promotion of good governance, transparency and accountability. Independent journalism is essential to call the States to account for what they do and to monitor democratic processes. Free, diversified and independent media, both online and offline, are the pillars of a pluralist, open society and have a great responsibility for making sure people receive checked, correct news”. “We will regularly condemn violence against journalists and we will oppose to any laws, regulations or political pressures that restrict freedom of expression”.

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