May 05, 2015

Wyden Commemorates World Press Freedom Day

Washington, D.C. –In recognition of the crucial role a free press plays in supporting open and democratic societies around the world – and the threats journalists continue to face – Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced a resolution today commemorating World Press Freedom Day which is May 3rd.

“World Press Freedom Day is a reminder that too many journalists continue to face the threat of jail or death just for doing their jobs. As the son of a journalist, I grew up on the principle that asking the hard questions isn’t just a job – it’s absolutely essential for a free society,” Wyden said.

According to the International Federation of Journalists, 47 journalists and media staff have been killed since January.

The 2015 World Press Freedom Prize honors imprisoned Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish, who fought to establish independent media outlets in Syria. Darwish has been detained by Syrian authorities since 2012.