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The former U.S. Secretary of State in the Clinton administrations addressed the participants of the MEDIA for FREEDOM Summit organized by the The European Newspaper Publishers' Association and the European Magazine Media Association, which took place on February 25th. The speakers included among others the Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vera Jourová, former Polish president Lech Wałęsa, and the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Cichanouska.
Albright begun her letter by expressing her regret for not being able to participate in person, adding that efforts to strengthen journalism and freedom of press are now "more important than ever".
"In too many places in the world we see politicians promoting conspiracy theories and falsely claiming that the press is the enemy of the people. They strive to monopolize power in various ways, silencing independent journalism is a key tool in the arsenal of any authoritarian leader", continued Albright.
In her opinion, "we cannot be indifferent to these attacks on democracy, wherever they occur." She singled out Poland, expressing her protest "against the efforts of the Polish government to weaken the independent media" and mobilizing the Polish and international community to "repel this campaign and call it what it is – a violation of world and European standards regarding the rule of law and fundamental human rights."
The former U.S. Secretary of State underlined that "Poland’s proud history as an advocate of democratic values brought the country many friends across the globe",
before concluding her letter with a promise that "all of us will continue to support those Poles who continue to believe in free press devoted to pursuit of truth in all its aspects, for the truth can never be the enemy of an honest person, and there is no freedom without solidarity."
The letter was originally made available by Onet.pl.
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