Week Ending Friday, May 4, 2007

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: May 3, 2007

Statement on World Press Freedom Day,
May 3, 2007

On this day, we commemorate World Press Freedom Day. The United States values freedom of the press as one of the most fundamental political rights and as a necessary component of free societies. In undemocratic societies where governments suppress, manipulate, and control access to information, journalists are on the frontlines of the people’s battle for freedom. The danger journalists face in such repressive states can be great—and even deadly.

On behalf of the American people, I salute those in the press who courageously do their work at great risk. No independent media are allowed in countries such as Cuba and North Korea, and those who attempt to report are often imprisoned. Repressive laws severely restrict journalists and freedom of speech in countries such as Belarus, Burma, Iran, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. We condemn the harassment, physical intimidation, and persecution that journalists, including bloggers and Internet reporters, have faced in China, Egypt, Tunisia, and Vietnam and the unsolved murders of journalists in Lebanon, Russia, and Belarus.

Bringing unfiltered information, news, and facts to the people and accountability to their governments is the hallmark of the fourth estate. Today we salute the free press for its dedication to the people’s right to know.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2007," Week Ending Friday, May 4, 2007 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 4, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:578 Original Sources, accessed July 17, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PKCCFJ8U6CW1FJN.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2007." Week Ending Friday, May 4, 2007, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 4, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:578, Original Sources. 17 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PKCCFJ8U6CW1FJN.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2007' in Week Ending Friday, May 4, 2007. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 4, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:578. Original Sources, retrieved 17 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PKCCFJ8U6CW1FJN.