World Press Freedom Day » 2014

بمناسبة اليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة، علينا ان نتذكر اهمية الاعلام الحر للديمقراطية

سيمن كولس, السفير البريطاني في العراق تمثل الانتخابات جزءا اساسيا من اي نظام ديمقراطي، ولكن عناصر اخرى عديدة ينبغي وجودها لإنشاء ديمقراطية كاملة، واحدها اعلام مفتوح وفاعل. ونحن نحتفل باليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة، فان اعضاء المجتمع الدولي والمجتمع المدني يؤكدون ايمانهم بضرورة السماح للمواطنين بمناقشة القضايا، وان يسائلون حكوماتهم، ويتخذون قرارات مبنية على اسس رصينة. ويشمل ذلك العاملين في السلك الاعلامي من الاذاعيين والصحفيين والمدونين، الذين يجب ان يسمح لهم … Read more »بمناسبة اليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة، علينا ان نتذكر اهمية الاعلام الحر للديمقراطية

On World Press Freedom Day we must remember the importance of free media in a democracy

By Simon Collis, Ambassador to Iraq. Elections are a fundamental part of any democratic system. But many other elements are also required to create a full democracy. One of these is an open and effective media. Today, on World Press Freedom Day, members of the international community and civil society reaffirm their belief that citizens should be allowed to discuss and debate issues, to challenge their governments and to make … Read more »On World Press Freedom Day we must remember the importance of free media in a democracy

Speaking freely about health

Feature image for:  Speaking freely about health

By Amina Kato Chiroma, Producer, BBC Media Action in Nigeria.   Media freedom is often described as an essential pillar of a society’s governance and transparency.  And as a radio producer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria, of course I welcome the increased focus on media freedom in the shaping of the development agenda post the Millennium Development Goals. But on this World Press Freedom Day, I’d like to take … Read more »Speaking freely about health

What has press freedom got to do with development?

Feature image for:  What has press freedom got to do with development?

By James Deane, Director of Policy and Learning, BBC Media Action. World Press Freedom Day (May 3) this year is celebrated around theme of development, specifically shaping the post-2015 development agenda. A two day conference, organised by Unesco, takes place in Paris to celebrate press freedom around the world and to make some sense of the linkages between media freedom and development. There are two ways of looking at whether … Read more »What has press freedom got to do with development?

The role of a free and independent media

By David Hallam, UK Envoy for the Post-2015 Development Goals.   Effective, accountable and responsive government is crucial to countries lifting themselves out of poverty. Open government and open societies enable states to function for their citizens and enable citizens to lead their own development. In all regions of the world, people recognise this relationship.  As part of the UN MYWorld survey nearly one million people identified honest and responsive … Read more »The role of a free and independent media

Case study: Iran

For some years now, my country, Iran, has been in a difficult situation caused by economical pressures, social deficiencies and most importantly of all, a lack of freedoms. I was a child of the Islamic revolution; my generation grew up in war and post-war situations but nothing more than social restrictions surrounding us. I always suffered from a lack of freedom of speech – even as a schoolgirl. Self-censorship is … Read more »Case study: Iran

Foreign Secretary marks 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day

Feature image for:  Foreign Secretary marks 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day

The Foreign Secretary William Hague recognises the bravery of journalists around the globe on World Press Freedom Day. Speaking today, he said: We all owe a debt of gratitude to the courageous journalists who risk imprisonment, injury and death to report from repressive countries or conflict zones around the world. It is easy to take for granted the stream of information that reaches us each day from across the globe. … Read more »Foreign Secretary marks 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day

Case study: Zimbabwe

WPFD 2013 Image 6

On April 1, 2007, I was captured by the police and dragged to the Harare Central Police Station’s notorious Law and Order section. I was pushed into a stuffy room and ordered to sit on a dirty, green carpet. Behind the desk was a lick-spittle man – tall, dark, thin and stern-faced. On the neat Mahogany desk was a plaque inscribed with the police superintendent’s name. Wearing a dull coloured Nelson Mandela … Read more »Case study: Zimbabwe

Video message to mark World Press Freedom Day

WPFD 2013

Ambassador Tom Fletcher and visiting Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt delivered a video message from Beirut marking World Press Freedom Day.

Case study: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

WPFD 2013 Image 2

My team of prosecutors in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will meet in Kingstown later today to announce new guidelines to ensure transparency and equal access to information for the media about criminal procedures. Prosecutors and journalists will launch the new ‘Prosecution Media Protocol’, a first for the Caribbean, which sets the ground rules for the relationship between prosecutors and the media. The Protocol will set clear procedures for disclosure … Read more »Case study: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines