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    UNIS/SGSM/831
    2 May 2017

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres:

    Message on World Press Freedom Day

    3 May 2017

    VIENNA, 3 May (UN Information Service) - 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.

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