Statement by Ambassador Miller on World Press Freedom Day 2020 

DHAKA, May 2, 2020:  On World Press Freedom Day, May 3, the United States joins countries around the world to reaffirm the universal right of free expression and the essential role press freedom plays in protecting democracy and keeping citizens informed and safe.  This year, we pay special tribute to those journalists who work tirelessly, often under stressful and dangerous conditions, to inform the public about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The work of journalists, photojournalists, and media outlets often comes with sacrifice, including here in Bangladesh.  We honor the journalists who have fallen ill from COVID-19 and their selfless dedication to public service.  We honor the life of Humayan Kabir Khokon, a senior journalist who worked until the day of his death and posthumously tested positive for the virus.  We send our sincere condolences to Mr. Khokon’s family.

And, finally, we honor all journalists, everywhere, who have sacrificed their lives, freedom and personal well-being in pursuit of truth and justice.