THE director-general of the BBC has said that there is a “growing assault on truth” that poses a real threat to societies and democracies all around the world.

Tim Davie made the comments on the threat to press freedom to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, which takes place today.

He said that journalists across the globe face “intimidation, harassment and hostility”.

Davie said in a statement: “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.”

The BBC boss added: “This growing assault on truth represents a profound threat to the health of societies and democracies worldwide.

“We stand in solidarity with journalists and other media organisations who continue to fight for truth and media freedom.”

Davie took over from Lord Tony Hall as BBC director-general in September last year.