Freedom of the press: A price worth paying?

On World Press Freedom day, we consider the sacrifices made in the fight for a free and independent media.

Around the world, journalists are persecuted and imprisoned for doing their jobs. Many are forced to leave their home countries in fear of their safety, while others never get the chance to escape before they are killed.

Organisations such as Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) fight on their behalf to promote press freedom and the free flow of news and commentary necessary to keep political leaders accountable, to share information without fear of censorship and to keep reporters safe.

On World Press Freedom Day, founded on the fundamental principles of people being allowed free access to information in any medium, we remember those who have given their lives, and those who are still behind bars.

Source: Al Jazeera

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