Vice President arrives in Barclayville ahead of World Press Freedom Day celebration – FrontPageAfrica

The representative of Grand Kru County No. 2 District will speak about the role of a free, independent and pluralistic media in light of the constant pressures and violence faced by media professionals.

BARCLAYVILLE, Grand Kru County – The Deputy Speaker of the 54th Legislature and representative of Grand Kru County No. 2 District, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa arrived in Barclayville on Thursday ahead of the celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2021, organized by the Liberia Press Union (PUL).

The Vice President is in Barclayville and will be the guest speaker for the World Press Freedom Day indoor program scheduled for Monday, May 3, 2021.

The program coincides with the Vice President’s 45-community tour, which begins on Friday, April 16.

The theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day is “Information as a Public Good; 30 years of the Windbook Declaration.

Depending on the theme of the event, the Grand Kru County lawmaker is expected to focus his speech on fostering press freedom, independence and pluralism in Liberia and Africa in general and other parts. of the world.

The representative of Grand Kru County No. 2 District will speak about the role of a free, independent and pluralistic media in light of the constant pressures and violence faced by media professionals.

The Vice President would end his speech with the responsibilities that come with the right to freedom of expression, which implies that every citizen is held accountable for the exercise of this right, which means that reckless comments and reckless remarks can cause trouble if the exercise of rights is not done responsibly.

The Vice President is a prominent legal adviser, administrator and public figure who defends press freedom evidently by promoting media diversity in Grand Kru County with the establishment of Radio Ahteenah, which offers disadvantaged county residents the opportunity to be heard. .

Hundreds of Liberian journalists from across the country have started to converge on the Grand Kru County capital, Barclayville City, where this year’s event will take place.

Meanwhile, the universal theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day stems from the Windhoek Declaration after a successful seminar.

The Windhoek seminar

From April 29 to May 3, 1991, independent African journalists gathered at the UNESCO Seminar “Promoting Independent and Pluralist African Media” held in Windhoek, Namibia. The conference focused on the role of free, independent and pluralistic media in light of the constant pressures and violence faced by media professionals working in Africa.

The Windhoek Seminar on “Promoting an Independent and Pluralist African Press” was held in partnership with other United Nations agencies such as UNDP. The event was supported by 12 international agencies, ranging from Nordic funders to the International Federation of Journalists, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the World Association of Newspapers. A total of 63 participants from 38 countries attended. Hage Geingob, then Prime Minister of the newly independent Namibia, set the tone by stressing the importance of independence and a watchdog role for the press.

The Declaration was adopted in 1991 in an atmosphere of optimism. This was due, in large part, to Namibia’s regained freedom, the slow dismantling of apartheid in South Africa as well as the growing resistance to African dictatorships and autocratic development-style regimes. This context gave rise to a momentum for democratic reforms in a rapidly changing media environment across the continent.

Windhoek’s prospect continues to involve an important role for governments, but within firm parameters of freedom, pluralism and independence. States should be proactive in protecting journalists and promoting opportunities for citizens to exercise freedom of expression. And states should avoid controlling the media, and avoid having a state monopoly on the media. In addition, Windhoek’s view on pluralism indicates that states provide legal and practical support to sectors such as public service and community media.

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