Wednesday, May 3, 2017

World Press Freedom Day


What kind of journalist would I be if I didn’t at least mention that today is World Press Freedom Day or just World Press Day. The theme this year is "Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies". A very important theme indeed. As of right now, in different parts of the world journalists are being jailed and sometimes killed for writing about the truth. This day has been set aside to remind everyone about the importance of journalists freedom to speak the truth and for all that they endure while doing their jobs.

[1] World Press Freedom Day is marked each year by bringing together media professionals, press freedom organisations and UN agencies to assess the state of press freedom worldwide and discuss solutions for addressing challenges. Each conference is centred on a theme related to press freedom, including good governance, media coverage of terrorism, impunity and the role of media in post-conflict countries.This day raises awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A World Press Freedom Prize is given to a deserving individual, organisation or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger. 

This job is so important for having and maintaining a free society. I am thankful to all journalist and proud to be a part of the family. We have to take a lot of heat for presenting the facts, but we will not be bullied by insults or silenced by ignorance. If you don’t like what you are watching or reading you can always turn it off, put it down, and walk away. #WorldPressFreedomDay

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