IMPORTANCE OF AN ENABLING LEGAL ENVIRONMENT FOR PRESS FREEDOM

25th celebration of  World Press Freedom Day 2018
“KEEPING POWER IN CHECK: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”
A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable.  It is vital for sustainable development.  Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told. Their services to the public is invaluable.  Laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced.  Crimes against journalists must be prosecuted.  On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists. Promoting a free press in standing up for our right to truth.”
– H.W. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

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Referendum in Turkey should not be conducted under a “State of Emergency” in which Turkish Citizens’ lives and “Right to Choose” are under attack

The Light Millennium Organization, associated NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information since 2005, sent out this  OPEN LETTER  with the following subject: “Referendum in Turkey should not be conducted under a “State of Emergency” in which Turkish Citizens’ lives and “Right to Choose” are under attack” initially on March 6, 2017,  New York to:

H.E. Mr. Antonio Gutierrez, Secretary General of the United Nations;
H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the United Nations General Assembly
H.E. Mr. President of the United Nations Security Council, United Kingdom (March) and United States (April 2017)
H.E. Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs
H.E. Mr.  Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, United Nations Economic and Social Council
H.E. Mrs. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN-Women
H.E. Ms. Christina Gallach, Under-Secretary of the United Nations Department of Public Information,
The Member States of the United Nations,
Mr. Massimo Tommasoli, Permanent Observer, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
Specialized Agencies:
Mr. Filippo Grandi, the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
Director of the UNICEF;
Director of UNESCO
and

[Relevant] Intergovernmental Organizations of the United Nations:

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