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World Press Freedom Day message

3 May 2012
There cannot be a properly functioning democracy without a free and responsible press - Commonwealth Secretariat

Message from the Secretariat Spokesperson and Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Richard Uku:

On World Press Freedom Day, the Commonwealth Secretariat reaffirms the strong attachment the association places on a free and responsible press in promoting democracy, development and diversity.

Commonwealth leaders have consistently reaffirmed their commitment to promoting the fundamental values and principles of the association, which include freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

The challenge is to translate these commitments into action - moving beyond declarations to walking the talk.

Our priority at the Commonwealth Secretariat is to continue working with member states to assist them to observe what they have agreed to do.

There cannot be a properly functioning democracy without a free and responsible press.

We shall continue to support the development of responsible and professional journalism, while at the same time working to ensure that there is a conducive political, legal and economic environment for journalists to operate from.

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