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Free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights: UN Chief on World Press Freedom Day
The official celebration of the 26th World Press Freedom Day was jointly organized by UNESCO, the African Union Commission and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia with the theme "Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation."

The main event took place in Addis Ababa, on 1 – 3 May at the African Union Headquarters to discusses current challenges faced by media in elections, along with the media's potential in supporting peace and reconciliation processes, reports the UN.

On the occasion the observance, the UN Chief Antonio Guterres urged, "On World Press Freedom Day, I call on all to defend the rights of journalists, whose efforts help us to build a better world for all."

"A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights. No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power," he added.

According to him, while technology has transformed the ways in which we receive and share information, sometimes it is used to mislead public opinion or to fuel violence and hatred. He showed concerned about the present trend and said, "Civic space has been shrinking worldwide at an alarming rate. And, with anti-media rhetoric on the rise, so too are violence and harassment against journalists, including women."

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