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World Press Freedom Day: Role of mass media is essential in defending public interest, says President Klaus Iohannis

President Klaus Iohannis sent, on Sunday, on the World Press Freedom Day, a message in which he shows that the role of the mass media is essential in defending public interest.

“A free press contributes to consolidating democracy and developing a prosperous society. For this right we fought in 1989, and the role of mass media is essential in defending public interest. The World Press Freedom Day reminds us how important the freedom of speech is,” Iohannis wrote on Facebook.

He attached to this post a photo with a typewriter and the message “There is no democracy without freedom of the press.”

On December 23, 1993, the UN General Assembly declared May 3 as the World Press Freedom Day.

 

PM Ponta: Constitution’s Article 30, perhaps most powerful reading on World Press Freedom Day

 

Prime Minister Victor Ponta says, in a Facebook post, that the Constitution’s Article 30 on freedom of speech is, in his opinion, “perhaps the most powerful reading” on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

In his Sunday’s post, the prime minister also says that journalists can count on his support in building a public agenda “with respect to arguments and citizens.”

“On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, I wish all my fellow journalists, including those who criticize me no matter what I do, a great deal of success in their work!

We together have the duty to help raise the Romanian society, including through the quality of public debate and you can count on me in building a constructive public agenda, with respect to arguments and citizens. The Article 30 of Romania’s Constitution on freedom of speech is, perhaps, the most powerful reading on the World Press Freedom Day,” Ponta has written on Facebook.

 

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