Today marks World Press Freedom Day

Today is World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) with the theme Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This Is Your Right!

WPFD 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.

More than 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this day.

UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organising the main event in different parts of world every year.

UNESCO and the Government of Finland will co-host the World Press Freedom Day's main event and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in 2016 which will take place in Helsinki, Finland, from May 2-4,  2016.

In Papua New Guinea, the Journalism Strand at the University of PNG planned to host celebrations commemorating the event but this was cancelled because of the current student boycott.

Strand Leader Emily Matasororo said it’s very unfortunate that the celebrations didn’t go ahead as the students were looking forward to hosting the event.

Matasororo said her students were disappointed as they were excited and looking forward to being part of the celebrations and this will also be the first time for the first year students to be involved.

“It’s very unfortunate because this kind of event enables our students to really appreciate the rights of journalists and media rights in the country and the region.

“Media freedom means a lot and we teach it every day in the classroom about why journalist must report accurately and fairly without fear or favour and the right to access all information,” Matasororo said.

The University has enrolled more than 100 students studying journalism.  

Author: 
Quintina Naime