Peace Brigades International marks World Press Freedom Day

Peace Brigades International marks World Press Freedom Day

Peace Brigades International marks World Press Freedom Day

On this day and any other day, we must also not forget the harsh reality of the daily threats and attacks against journalists in BiH and around the world. The failure of the government to offer adequate protection to journalists has added to these dangers; reporters, photographers and TV cameramen, often on the front line when unsafe situations emerge, are particularly at risk.

The President noted that the theme of this year's celebration, Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation, was quite germane for Nigeria, having recently concluded her general elections, and urged the media to reflect on the deleterious effect of fake news, misinformation and disinformation before, during and after elections.

The senators recognised the fundamental human right of press freedom and paid tribute to the journalists, editors and publishers who risk their lives in defence of the public's right to know.

Ethiopia's historic strides toward democracy and openness have given journalists in the country hope for greater freedom to report the news.

Many journalists work in hard places under threatening circumstances and are exposed to violence and harassment.

"We doff our hats for the character erection and moral perfection of the reporter who refused to accept a bribe to squelch the damaging story", Mr Roland Affail Monney, the GJA President stated on Friday at a flag-raising ceremony to mark Work Press Freedom Day in Accra. "With free journalism under increasing pressure, the European Union reaffirms its determination to defend press and media freedom within its borders and worldwide".

Several media outlets have also been shut down by the government for critical coverage of the country's affairs.

It is clear then, across the world, that the essential factor in bridging the gap between the commitments made by governments and the ongoing impunity for attacks against journalists is the political will to actively protect journalists and prosecute violators of press freedom. They said that this has resulted in the decrease of revenues of media industry which caused layoffs of workers, pay cuts and delay in the release of salaries. This is despite the fact that progressive laws have been passed in a number of countries.

Mariano Rivero, the UGT's journalism spokesperson, said there had been "very serious" efforts to undermine press freedoms in Spain.

"None of humankind's big problems - whether global warming, corruption or gender inequality - can be solved without information that is freely and independently reported and reliable, in other words, without quality journalism", RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said in a statement on the worldwide Press Freedom Day. "It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power", a vision which his highlighted in the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. The origins of the day lie in the Windhoek Declaration signed by a group of African journalists who gathered at a Unesco seminar for "Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Media" in Windhoek, Namibia in May 1991.

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