30th World Press Freedom Day marked amidst growing suppression of journalism

Today marks the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, adopted by the United Nations in 1993 to raise awareness of the importance of a free press and to urge authorities to respect the rights of journalists. However, in many countries, journalists still face arrests and news agencies are being shut down. Tragically, the number of media workers being killed while performing their jobs is on the rise.

There has been a marked increase in authoritarianism around the globe and the suppression of freedom of opinion and expression. Turkey’s media situation is a prime example, with the media dependent on the regime and anyone who publishes news against the government subject to arrest, threats, or closure of their agency.

Sadly, the situation is no better in Syria, where news agencies are not allowed to publish anything that contradicts the regime’s policy. As a result, the media situation of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, who are not yet at an international level, requires urgent attention. On this World Press Freedom Day, we call for the development of more Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) media outlets to bring opinions closer among all groups and to encourage unity within the community.

As a Syriac media foundation, we hope this day serves as a reminder for governments to respect the complete freedom of journalists, allowing them to report news and events around the world with transparency.