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U.S. Department of State launches "Free the Press" campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDAM) -

This is a news release from the U.S. Department of State.


The U.S. Department of State launched its fourth annual "Free the Press" campaign as part of the Department's efforts to honor the fundamental importance of a free and independent media in the days leading up to World Press Freedom Day on May 3.


As in years past, the Department will profile on a daily basis journalists or media outlets that are censored, attacked, threatened, disappeared or otherwise oppressed because of their reporting. The purpose of the campaign is to speak out for reporters who otherwise cannot; to call on governments to protect the right to free expression; and to emphasize our own commitment to promoting free expression here in the United States and around the world.


From April 27 to May 1, the Department Spokesperson will highlight emblematic cases of journalists or press outlets under threat around the world at the Daily Press Briefing. The cases will be profiled on www.HumanRights.gov and they will be tweeted out using the hashtag #FreethePress.


For more information, please contact Chanan Weissman at weissmanc@state.gov or 202 647 4043.


For more information on the State Department's work on democracy, human rights, and labor rights follow @State_DRL or @HumanRightsGov, or visit http://www.state.gov/j/drl/


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