CEO, United States Agency for Global Media
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Today we commemorate World Press Freedom Day, an opportunity to address press freedom challenges, shine a spotlight on journalist safety and honor our fallen journalists. As the head of the USAGM, and as a journalist myself, I cannot underscore enough the necessity of raising these issues every day.
Even in the most restrictive environments, our audiences are willing to buck conventional technology, and authority, to access news and information that allows them to make decisions affecting their lives and futures.
As part of a wholesale review, a panel of independent experts examined an extensive sample of OCB content to identify and address any patterns of unethical, unprofessional, biased, or sub-standard journalism. The results of that panel are presented in this report.
Since 1992, almost 800 journalists have been murdered for nothing more than simply reporting the news. In nine out of ten of these cases, their killers will go unpunished. This grave failure of justice for our fallen colleagues is a travesty. We must not only honor their memory and their brave legacies but also urge governments around the world to immediately end impunity for those who have committed crimes against journalists.