Motion S5M-17182: World Press Freedom Day

03 May 2019

That the Parliament notes that 3 May 2019 is World Press Freedom Day; understands that, according to the International Federation of Journalists, 95 journalists and media workers were known to have been killed while doing their job in 2018, with 15 deaths, including the tragic killing of Lyra McKee on 18 April, already confirmed for this year; acknowledges that, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 250 were imprisoned in 2018, with Turkey and China the worst offenders, jailing 68 and 47 respectively; believes that journalists play a vital role in society by conveying accurate and indispensable information to citizens around the world, to help create a society that is both transparent and accountable, and agrees that journalists should always be protected from persecution.