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On World Press Freedom Day, we applaud the crucial work of journalists around the world and honor freedom of expression as a fundamental human value. We also reflect on those who endure without this most basic liberty, including journalists who are censored, persecuted, and killed. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there are 232 journalists imprisoned worldwide, and 103 were killed in 2012 alone – a 20% increase over 2011. Oppression of press freedom continues in far too many places around the world, and we must redouble our efforts to protect those that shine the spotlight on the world’s darkest corners.
Today, the United States reaffirms its commitment to the freedom of speech and a free press for all. We honor our Constitution’s first amendment and, while we celebrate the undeniable rights it gives us, we remember that we cannot take these liberties for granted. We will always demand full protection for the rights of journalists everywhere by defending the commitments enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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