UNITED NATIONS, May 3 (APP): Top United Nations officials Monday
highlighted the dependency of human rights, democratic societies and sustainable development on the free flow of information and press
freedom, stressing that these fundamental rights are vital in providing information to citizens around the world and for progress itself.

“Press freedom and the free flow of information are necessary not only to inform citizens about the [Sustainable Development] Goals, but to enable them to hold their leaders accountable for fulfilling the pledges they have made,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message marking World Press Freedom Day, which is observed on 3 May each year.

“The media – including, and increasingly, new online media – serve as our eyes and ears. We all benefit from the information they provide,” he added.