Freedom of the press is a basic tenet of our democracy and a staple of a free and open society. Upholding press freedom is the top priority of the BBG in its efforts to support accurate, objective journalism around the world. Our networks play a critical role in engaging audiences to further democratic values through open and free exchanges of information. They aim to stimulate debate in closed societies and those where free media are not yet fully established, especially where local media fail to inform and empower citizens.
Ahead of World Press Freedom Day, Radio Free Asia (RFA) is making available online a recently banned documentary film about the murder of a prominent Cambodian rainforest activist. The makers of “I Am Chut Wutty” have agreed to allow RFA to post the Cambodian language film on its RFA Khmer website in perpetuity starting Tuesday (April 26).