Journalists Mark World Press Freedom Day

This year's World Press Freedom Day theme has sparked off some interesting discussions, particularly since it came about a week after the Reporters Without Borders published its 2018 World Press Freedom Index, ranking 180 countries according to the level of Freedom available to journalists. We are where we are because the constitution provides clarity on the rights of journalists, the right of the media and provides a plural media that will be free and independent and so that is very important.

It's a day on which everyone is reminded of the role of free media as a cornerstone of democracy.

Chapter 12 of the Constitution guarantees freedom of the press and independence of the media, while chapter two prohibits censorship. "They abuse public resources by placing advertisements only with friendly outlets, assert financial or other forms of control, and promote or permit media concentrations", Mr. Kaye added.

Another highpoint of the celebration would be the Award ceremony of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

He assured that his administration is set to commence the revamp of the state-owned media enterprises; Edo Broadcasting Service Radio and Television and the Observer Newspapers, to strengthen the media platforms for people in the state to express themselves and contribute to the development discourse.

The United Nations General Assembly had declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness about freedom of the press. In a series of tweets, Modi said that a free Press was necessary to make a democracy stronger and applauded those working tirelessly to uphold Freedom of Press.

Special adviser to the President, Christopher Mutsvangwa, told guests at commemorations organised by the Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe chapter that journalists must organise themselves to effectively lobby Parliament for implementation of media freedom.

Participants are exploring issues including the media and the judiciary's respective roles in ensuring the rule of law, and in times of elections safeguard the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, and addressing crimes against journalists.

  • Tracy Klein