Damon Martinez On World Press Freedom Day

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From the Office of Congressional Candidate Damon Martinez:

ALBUQUERQUE – In recognition of World Press Freedom Day, Damon Martinez released the following statement Thursday:

“On World Press Freedom Day, we honor those who have devoted themselves to holding up the light. Truth and freedom are the twin pillars that anchor just societies, and those like President Trump who mock truth – who belittle and suppress it – do so because they fear it. 

“Today, we salute those who have sacrificed their lives in pursuit of truth, and we recommit ourselves to holding accountable anyone in power who seeks to hide from it.”

About World Press Freedom Day

Every year, May 3 is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.

It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom – a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.

It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide.

May 3 acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media, which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It also is a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.

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