UN pays tribute to journalists and media workers around the world

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The media covering the second round of the Geneva Conference on Syria. 10 February 2014. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

The UN paid tribute to journalists and media workers around the world who risk their lives to inform societies at an event in New York on Thursday.

The General Assembly held a meeting to celebrate World Press Freedom Day under the theme "Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post 2015 Development Agenda."

The President of the Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe said freedom of expression and freedom of the press are first and foremost fundamental human rights and an essential pillar of democratic societies.

"As we celebrate the numerous contributions of the media in building stronger and better societies, we must also pay tribute to the many journalists and media workers who every day risk their lives to inform us. Just last year alone, 92 of them were killed and many more were victims of kidnappings, hostage-taking, intimidation, harassment and arbitrary imprisonment." (26")

Ambassador Ashe stressed that "in the face of such violence, authorities have a responsibility to uphold the rule of law and bring perpetrators to justice."

World Press Freedom Day is observed on 3 May each year to highlight issues related to press freedom, including censorship and other difficulties under which journalists, editors and publishers work.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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