FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley joined other member states of the Group of Friends on the Protection of Journalists in marking World Press Freedom Day. The Group was established in May 2016 due to growing concern over the global increase in violence against journalists. The United States was pleased to support the Group’s first meeting today, which focused on the safety of women journalists in conflict situations.
Upholding and promoting a free, open press is a fundamental value of the United States and all other democracies worldwide. A free press helps to inform the public and is a necessary component to a healthy society. Far too many journalists face harassment, persecution, imprisonment, and even death simply because they report on stories that need to be told. Last year alone, nearly 80 journalists were killed, most of whom were targeted for being members of the press. Journalism is not a crime and should never be treated as one. Ambassador Haley was proud to stand with the Group of Friends to underscore these democratic ideals that everyone should share.