In joint message, top UN officials reaffirm importance of press freedom

With journalists facing increasing danger as they cover conflicts around the world, top UN officials have used the occasion of World Press Freedom Day to decry acts of violence against media representatives and reaffirm the vital importance of press freedom for human progress.

On World Press Freedom Day, UN officials urge protection for journalists

As World Press Freedom Day was marked globally today, United Nations officials warned that free speech remains fragile and urged greater protection for journalists seeking to exercise that right.

A free press can dispel racist attitudes and promote tolerance, UN panel told

The role of free press in combating racism by dispelling stereotypes and casting a harsh light on the evils of discrimination emerged as a major theme today at a panel discussion that brought together United Nations officials and media practitioners to mark World Press Freedom Day.