VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday paid tribute to journalists who’ve died or been jailed within the line of obligation, defending a free press and praising these within the media who courageously report on “humanity’s wounds”.
Talking to 1000’s of individuals in St. Peter’s Sq. for his weekly deal with and blessing, Pope Francis famous that Could 3 would be the United Nations World Press Freedom Day.
“I render homage to journalists who pay in person for this right,” he stated, citing statistics that 47 journalists have been killed and greater than 350 jailed final yr.
He did give the supply of the statistics. UNESCO, the U.N. group that sponsors World Press Freedom Day, stated earlier this yr that 55 journalists and media employees have been killed in 2021.
“A special thanks to those who, with courage, keep us informed about humanity’s wounds,” the pope stated.
Final month Francis honored journalists killed overlaying the Russia-Ukraine warfare, saying he hoped God would reward them for serving the widespread good.
The New York-based Committee to Defend Journalists says it has confirmed that no less than seven journalists have died whereas overlaying the warfare in Ukraine and is investigating whether or not others have been killed due to their work.
Reporters With out Borders, which is predicated in Paris, says it has documented plenty of assaults instantly focusing on journalists carrying “Press” arm bands in Ukraine. — Reuters