Press Council on Press Freedom Day

source: Mmegi

May 3 has been set aside by the United Nations General Assembly as World Press Freedom Day. On this day Media Practitioners around the world celebrate the freedom to do their job without persecution.

The motivation to declare May 3 Press Freedom Day was to sensitise governments on the monumental importance of freedom of the press and to remind them of their duties to respect and uphold the right to larger issues of freedom of expression which, it had been observed generally received scant attention amongst most governments. It is no accident that Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights underscores freedom of expression as a basic human right. This year’s celebration was held under the theme ‘Freedom of Information, the Right to Know’. In Botswana media practitioners, academics, labour unions, civil society and [continue reading]

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