TEHRAN — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2017, called for an end to all crackdowns against journalists ‘because a free press advances peace and justice for all’.
Guterres message was faxed to IRNA by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran.
The full text of his message reads:
Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless.
Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death.
We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation.
And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth.
On World Press Freedom Day, I call for an end to all crackdowns against journalists – because a free press advances peace and justice for all.