NEW YORK, 4th May, 2016 (WAM) — The United Nations has celebrated World Press Freedom Day, which is marked on the 3rd of May each year to emphasise the need to protect the independence of the media and to honour workers who risk their lives in the field. The day also commemorates those who have lost their lives while performing their mission.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, in a speech on the occasion, said, “On this World Press Freedom Day, I urge all governments, politicians, businesses and citizens to commit to nurturing and protecting an independent, free media. Without this fundamental right, people are less free and less empowered. With it, we can work together for a world of dignity and opportunity for all.”