“The rights to life and to liberty and integrity and security of person and also to freedom of expression are fundamental human rights that are recognized and guaranteed by international conventions and instruments.” (UNESCO Resolution, General Conference 1997)
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on 3 May worldwide. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
This Year, the World Press Freedom Day (3 May) will be celebrated in Stockholm at Sida, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, on 29 April, 2009.
According to Fojo International, the event will focus on the importance of exile media to report and influence on the development of the countries where press freedom is violated.
Gunilla Carlsson , minister for development cooperation, will speak about the Swedish Governments new focus on strengthening agents of change, individuals as well as groups and civil society organizations, which are promoting democratization and freedom of speech.
Anders Nordström, Sida Director General, will put forward freedom of speech as a corner stone for development.
Frank La Rue, UN special rapporteur for freedom of speech, will describe the present situation in the world when it comes to freedom of the press and of speech.
Here in Kenya, a number of events are set to be rolled out from 29th April, with the newly formed Kenya Coast Journalists Forum planning for a public forum for Mombasa and Coast based Journalists where several leaders may be invited to give a talk on Press Freedom in the country.
The Kenya Coast Journalists Forum Interim Chairman Ayub Mwangi told the KOJA News- Network that a lot of Programmes are in the pipeline for local journalists as they mark the World Press Freedom day on 3rd May, 2009.
Members of the Kenya Online Journalists Association are proud therefore to be associated with all organizers of this years World Press Freedom Day.