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UN Chief calls for an end to all crackdowns against journalists

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TEHRAN, 3 May 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2017, called for an end to all crackdowns against journalists – because a free press advances peace and justice for all.

The full text of his speech reads:

Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless.

Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death.

We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation.

And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth.

On World Press Freedom Day, I call for an end to all crackdowns against journalists – because a free press advances peace and justice for all.

When we protect journalists, their words and pictures can change our world.

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