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World Press Freedom Day marked on May 3

US Embassy praises Romanian journalists ‘who serve exclusively the public interest and people here’

In the message delivered on the World Press Freedom Day celebrated on May 3rd, the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest praised the activity of the Romanian journalists ‘who serve exclusively the public interest’.

“May 3rd marks the annual commemoration of World Press Freedom Day.  The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance. Democratic societies are not infallible, but they are accountable.  Romania has become a regional model for the rule of law.  Many of these improvements are due to the determination of brave, local journalists, and to their efforts to increase transparency, disclose irregularities, and hold authorities and private individuals responsible for their practices.  We would like to salute the reporters in Romania who serve exclusively the public interest and people here,” says the embassy’s message.

The American embassy also pointed out that amid violences against reporters worldwide, they must be able to work in a free and safe environment.

We should not forget that all around the world, reporters are killed violently, attacked for what they have written, and silenced for what they have witnessed.  In open, democratic societies, journalists must be able to work freely and safely.  Governments, NGOs, companies, and ordinary people must continue to support – and demand – independent media, because a nation without a free and independent press cannot flourish freely, economically, and democratically,” the embassy further notes.

 

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