World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2011 in Musanze

This year in Rwanda, World Press Freedom day was celebrated in Northern Province Musanze District on the 3rd May 2011.

The World Press Freedom Day was born twenty years ago in the vision of a group of journalists gathered in Windhoek, Namibia and has been established as an annual celebration by the UN since then. The Windhoek Declaration was a call to arms to protect the fundamental principles of the freedom of expression as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration Human Rights.

The theme of this year’s celebration in Rwanda was "responsible and self regulating media".

Joint Message by UN Secretary-General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO Director-General on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2011

According the statement from Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO, World Press Freedom Day was born twenty years ago in the vision of a group of journalists gathered in Windhoek, Namibia.

The Windhoek Declaration was a call to arms to protect the fundamental principles of the freedom of expression as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration Human Rights. It was also a bell ringing in change across the world.Twenty years on, the media landscape has changed beyond recognition, but our objective remains the same: to promote freedom of expression as the foundation for human dignity and the cornerstone of democracy.

The Joint Message by UN Secretary-General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO Director-General on the occasion of World Press stipulates that Over the last decade, more than 500 journalists lost their lives in the pursuit of their profession. Sixty killings were reported worldwide in 2010 alone. Every week brings more reports of journalists and bloggers suffering from intimidation and violence.

New Frontiers, New Barriers” is the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, celebrated today. The focus of the celebration is on the potential of the Internet and digital platforms as well as the more established forms of journalism in contributing to freedom of expression, democratic governance, and sustainable development.

It is well recognized that the growth of the Internet has greatly expanded the ability of individuals, groups, and others to enhance their freedom of expression and their rights to seek, receive and impart information as recognized by international human rights standards. In this context, we need a self regulatory and responsible media.

This year in Rwanda, World Press Freedom day will be celebrated in Northern Province Musanze District on the 3rd May 2011.The proposed theme in Rwanda for this year is “a responsible and self regulating media ”

Press release signed by MUSANGABATWARE CLEMENT Head of Communication, Information and Documentation at Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO.


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