Monthly Archives: May 2016

Canada and its leadership on ‘World Press Freedom Day’

Statement by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage:

“Canada resolutely supports journalists, Human Rights defenders, bloggers and all others who use media platforms to promote inclusion and diversity, demand transparency and accountability from their governments, and ensure that the rights of all individuals are respected.

No person should ever be afraid to speak freely. No person should ever face intimidation, harassment, violence or death for voicing an opinion. 

According to a Freedom House survey, 2015 was the worst year in the past 12 for global press freedom.  On World Press Freedom Day, Canada recognizes the important role the media play in keeping the public dialogue vibrant. We also acknowledge the journalists, bloggers and activists who face censorship, imprisonment, and personal attacks as a consequence of carrying out their work, and we remember those who have lost their lives while exercising their right to report and speak freely.”  Press released  from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada. May 3,  2016 – Ottawa, Ontario © MFA of Canada/Media Relations Office of Global Affairs

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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier on ‘World Press Freedom Day’

Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016 Statement by OSCE Chairperson-in- Office Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier on May 3rd  The World Press Freedom Day:

“Today, we pay tribute to journalists worldwide who brave violence, persecution and intimidation to record and report the truth.

Free, independent media are an indispensable cornerstone of free and democratic societies. The OSCE has a crucial role to play in setting and upholding common standards to promote this principle.
Times of conflict are, unfortunately, also times of propaganda and of distorted images. That is why as OSCE Chairmanship Germany is putting a special focus on freedom of the media and on how to ensure access to independent information in times of crisis.”  © Federal Foreign Office May 3, 2016

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