Statement of PCO on World Press Freedom Day

On this World Press Freedom Day, the Presidential Communications Office recognizes the vital role of a free and independent press in fostering democracy, promoting transparency, and upholding the principles of human rights.

We honor the brave journalists who risk their lives every day to bring us the news and the stories that shape our world.

We acknowledge the threats, intimidation, harassment, violence and other challenges that journalists and media organizations face in fulfilling their essential role. We condemn all attacks on press freedom and call for the protection of journalists and media workers worldwide.

The PCO reaffirms the government’s commitment to promoting a free media environment where journalists can work safely without fear of reprisals. We believe that a vibrant and independent press is crucial for a healthy democracy, and we will continue to work towards ensuring the freedom of the press is protected and respected in our country.