The director-general of the BBC has warned that a ‘growing assault on truth’ poses a threat to societies and democracies around the world.
In a statement issued to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, which is today, Tim Davie said journalists across the globe face ‘intimidation, harassment and hostility’.
Mr Davie said: ‘In the midst of the Covid pandemic, it is clearer than ever why people need access to trusted, impartial news. ‘Trusted information is an essential public good, but many journalists around the world – including those from the BBC – are facing intimidation, harassment and hostility.
‘Some even face threats to their lives and liberty.’
He added: ‘This growing assault on truth represents a profound threat to the health of societies and democracies worldwide.