Statement by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on World Press Freedom Day

03.05.2016 - Press release

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (3 May) on 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.

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