France reaffirms its commitment to press freedom

“Today, on World Press Freedom Day, I reaffirm France’s constant and resolute commitment in support of press freedom and the freedom of expression everywhere. Media pluralism, the right to inform and be informed, and the ability to express critical views are key to the democratic debate,” declared Mr. Ayrault in a press statement issued on 3rd May 2016.

On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on 3rd May, Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, has reechoed France’s commitment to press freedom and the freedom of expression.

“Today, on World Press Freedom Day, I reaffirm France’s constant and resolute commitment in support of press freedom and the freedom of expression everywhere. Media pluralism, the right to inform and be informed, and the ability to express critical views are key to the democratic debate,” declared Mr. Ayrault in a press statement issued on 3rd May 2016.

The French Minister emphasized that the defense of these principles and the protection of journalists while carrying out their work is a priority of France’s foreign policy, adding that the French diplomatic network is mobilized in light of the growing threats facing journalists and the media, especially in crisis situations.

France, he said, welcomes the decision to award the UNSECO World Press Freedom Prize to Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova.

On May 4th , in the presence of Reporters without Borders and others, Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault will visit the Maison des Journalistes de Paris, an association that welcomes threatened journalists from all over the world, to pay tribute to their courage and commitment in ensuring free access to information.

Dernière modification : 12/10/2016

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