On this World Press Freedom Day, Ukraine is in the spotlight
UNESCO, a branch of the United Nations, is organizing its free annual press conference in Uruguay this year. The theme is “Journalism Under Digital Siege”, dealing with freedom of expression, safety of journalists, privacy, access to information, etc.
Pope Francis recognized Press Freedom Day on Sunday, telling worshipers, “I pay tribute to journalists who pay with their lives to serve this right.”
How to participate
Organizations like the National Press Club and PEN America will produce events that anyone can attend virtually. Here are a few:
Biden led a standing ovation for fallen journalists
A little later, during his remarks, Biden said “we have all seen the courage of the Ukrainian people through the courage of the American journalists in this room and your colleagues around the world who are on the ground, committing suicide in their own hands.” And he referred to Donald Trump’s ‘enemy of the people’ attack and dismissed it, saying, ‘at best you are the keepers of the truth’.
Biden was followed by entertainer of the evening, Trevor Noah, who greeted war correspondents between his jokes about the press and the president. Noah’s strongest media criticism came right at the end:
“I stood here tonight and made fun of the President of the United States and it’s going to be okay. Do you understand what a blessing this is? It might slip your mind, it’s a blessing. Ask yourself this question: if Russian journalists are fighting to report what their own government is doing, if they had the freedom to write any word to ask any question, if they basically had what you had, l would they use the same way you do this question every day.”
The dangers facing Ukrainian journalists
Charles M. Sennott, founder and editor of The GroundTruth Project, recently visited Kyiv and spoke with Ukrainian journalists about the many dangers of war coverage.