Today, the journalists all over the world, as well in Timor-Leste, commemorate the Press Freedom Day.
As the Head of the Government, I express my congratulatory remarks to all journalists on this occasion, and in order to remind you that the press is also one of the pillars of the nation, to promote and strengthen democracy within the society.
On this day, I would also like to encourage the professionals of mass media to keep, always, your roles and responsibility when collecting and disseminating information, and most importantly, comply with the Code of Conduct and Ethics, which guide you to produce credible and balanced information for public.
I have learnt about the importance of the press role since Timorese Resistance period up the present date, and, in this current stage of State building, I believe that the media will greatly contribute to the national development process.
Lastly, I would like to pay tribute to all the journalists who have sacrificed their life while carrying out their duties, and I wish you all, who are carrying out your duties at the moment, to be well protected and to have success in your carriers.
Congratulations to the World Press Freedom Day! Congratulations to the Timorese Journalists!
Dili, May 3rd 2019
H.E. Taur Matan Ruak