We are delighted to join the world today in celebrating and recognising the value of a free and independent press.
Whilst these are difficult times and the press faces challenges both economically and, at times, in terms of our journalists’ freedom to report, we are very grateful, nonetheless, that Europe remains a beacon of press freedom in the world.
Thank you to all of you who support press freedom and recognise the vital role it plays in upholding our precious democracy.
Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Chairman of Impresa in Portugal says: “I have known life under a dictatorship. The Portuguese press suffered 40 years of censorship. A democracy is only strong if its press is free and independent. I know from personal experience that we take our press freedom for granted at our peril.”
We hope that today’s celebration of press freedom will help you feel inspired to get involved with our initiative, www.empower-democracy.eu.