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Coalition Urges UN to Make Press Freedom a Global Priority

An international coalition of journalists, media organizations and unions that met in late August in Indonesia adopted an agenda making freedom of the press a priority in the global development goals set by the United Nations and its member states. The “Bali Road Map: The Roles of the Media in Realizing the Future We Want for All,” calls on governments around the world to recognize freedom of the press as a major underpinning in “how a country shapes development, shares ideas and innovations and holds powerful actors to account.” The road map states that these goals can only be realized “where the media is free, pluralistic and independent and where there is safety for actors producing journalism.”