Minister Freeland marks World Press Freedom Day


May 3, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

“The media play an essential role in defending and advancing the truth around the world.

“In too many places, members of the media face constant and unacceptable threats. The numbers don’t lie: last year 75 were killed, 81 were imprisoned, and one person is still missing. These attacks weaken democracy, silence the voices of the oppressed, and undermine public trust. We categorically condemn anyone who in any way intimidates and harasses journalists working in defence of the truth.

“Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we remind ourselves that without a free and independent press, we all lose.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Where injustices against media occurred in 2017

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  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen

Source: The Committee to Protect Journalists as the source of the information.


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Media Relations Office
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