Press Statement: World Press Freedom Day

In honor of World Press Freedom Day, the United States Embassy in Podgorica recognizes the important contributions of Montenegrin journalists to Montenegro’s democratic development, especially those who bring to light stories of public interest, often at great personal risk.  As guardians of democratic values and ideals, journalists play a fundamental role in informing the public and holding those in power accountable.

In turn, the government has a responsibility to ensure that journalists are safe and secure to perform their essential work.  Political leaders must demonstrate respect for media freedom through their words and actions.  Police and prosecutors have a duty to bring to justice those who use violence against journalists.

As an ally and partner, the United States remains committed to supporting media freedom in Montenegro because it is a common value shared by our two peoples.  An independent and responsible media remains a key for Montenegro’s Euro-Atlantic and EU aspirations.