World Press Freedom Day today

Today, Wednesday, 3 May 2019 marks World Press Freedom Day. World Press Freedom Day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom: to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence, and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession...


Today, Wednesday, 3 May 2019 marks World Press Freedom Day.

World Press Freedom Day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom: to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence, and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

The day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a recommendation adopted at the 26th session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. This, in turn, was a response to a call by African journalists, who, in 1991, produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.

It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom, a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended, and closed down, while journalists, editors, and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained, and even murdered.

It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide.

World Press Freedom Day acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.

This year’s celebration is being marked in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on the theme: “Media for Democracy, Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.”

In Ghana, the Akufo-Addo-led government has said it is in the process of implementing a Media Capacity Enhancement Programme (MCEP) to boost the capacity of media practitioners in the delivery of their mandate in the country.

This was contained in a statement signed by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, as Ghana joins the rest of the world to mark World Press Freedom Day, today.

Despite the many attacks on journalists recorded over the years in the country, the government said “the protection of media practitioners is also to witness a boost with the introduction of a coordinating mechanism on the safety of journalists before July.”

The government further acknowledged the risk of disinformation and thus admonished media practitioners to adhere to factual reportage always.

The government further reiterated its commitment to supporting measures that deepen the frontiers of free expression in the advancement of Ghana’s democracy.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM/ with files from UNESCO



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