UN Chief calls for ending all crackdowns against journalists

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.

When we protect journalists, their words and pictures can change our world. IRNA-northboundasia.com