2014 World Press Freedom Day Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 3.5.2014.
Press freedom is a fundamental human right enshrined in Article 19 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Many countries with press freedom enjoy not only basic human rights but also a functioning democracy and economic prosperity. It is no accident that the country that respects press freedom the most also happens to be amongst the wealthiest and its citizens live with human dignity.
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