Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Press Freedom Day, observed on 3 May:
Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless.
Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death.
We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation. And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth.
On World Press Freedom Day, I call for an end to all crackdowns against journalists — because a free press advances peace and justice for all.
When we protect journalists, their words and pictures can change our world.