President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said the most defining responsibility of a journalist is to remain in service to the truth and provide fact-based information. He made the statement in his address on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

President Solih extended greetings to journalists, their families, news organisation executives, and employees. He also emphasised the responsibility of all journalists to maintain the right to freedom of the press.

“Protecting fundamental human rights and promoting equality for all should be among journalists’ top priorities,” said the President.

He added that local journalists have played a significant role in the advancement of democracy in the nation, and their knowledge and experiences should be taken into account when working towards further development of journalism in the Maldives.

President Solih assured that his administration remains committed to maintaining full freedom of the press and will always ensure that every person has the right to freedom of expression and access to information.

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually on May 3 to raise awareness about the importance of press freedom and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression.