US urges freeing jailed journalists on World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON, May 3 (KUNA) — A White House senior official on Tuesday urged Iran and other countries to release journalists “imprisoned for exercising the freedom of expression” in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“From China to Iran to Venezuela, brave men and women languish in prison for no greater crime than seeking to inform their fellow citizens,” Spokesman of the US National Security Council (NSC) Ned Price said in a release marking World Press Freedom Day.
“The United States calls for the release of those who have been imprisoned for exercising the freedom of expression that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, even as we encourage governments to foster societies in which journalists can work freely and without fear,” he added.
In December, 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed May 3 as the World Press Freedom Day, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. The freedom of expression is a fundamental human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration. (end)

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