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Statement issued by Laurent Fabius - World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2013)

On this World Press Freedom Day, I would like to pay tribute to all journalists around the world who strive to uphold the duty to provide information and establish the truth, sometimes at the risk of their own lives.

Since the beginning of 2013, 19 journalists have been killed while carrying out their work. Reporters without Borders described 2012 – with 90 journalists killed last year - as the worst year since its first report in 1995. I would like in particular to pay tribute to the memory of our compatriots Olivier Voisin and Yves Debay who were killed during the last few months in Syria.

Illust: Olivier Voisin (...), 61 ko, 720x300
Olivier Voisin and Yves Debay (Photos : Edouard Elias and "Le Parisien")

Because the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press are fundamental rights which must be universally respected, the freedom to exercise the profession of journalism is one of the priorities of our human rights policy. The 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council on September 27 enabled us to adopt a new resolution on the protection of journalists in armed conflict.

We have a duty – and this day reminds us of that – to protect those who work to ensure the freedom of our information.


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