“Independent journalism is vital to hold states accountable and to monitor democratic processes. Free, diverse and independent media, both online and offline, are pillars of a pluralistic and open society, and they bear the great responsibility to guarantee checked and correct news to the public.
We call on all states to condemn violence against journalists, to take action to improve the safety of journalists with particular attention to women journalists, and to bring perpetrators and instigators of such violence to justice”, reads the Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2018.
Mogherini said that attacks against media and journalists not only from Europe but from across the globe are “attacks against democracy, against the freedom of all of us”.
EU policies have been designed in such a way so as to provide all peoples with strong media voices throughout the bloc and at the same time reinforce transparency, credibility and diversity of information online also -since this is how most Europeans get informed currently, on a daily basis.
The High Representative stated that “We will consistently condemn violence against journalists and oppose – in bilateral contacts with third countries as well as in multilateral and regional fora – any legislation, regulation or political pressure that limits freedom of expression and will take concrete steps to prevent and respond to attacks against journalists and bloggers, including emergency assistance to protect human rights defenders at high risk, sometimes by means of relocation.”…. / IBNA