World Press Freedom Day: UK Minister for Africa To Address Eastern Africa Editors Society

The World Press Day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom and evaluates press freedom around the world.

United Kingdom Minister for Africa James Duddridge will address the Eastern Africa Editors Society as it marks World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2021, at 8 am through a video conference.

Mr Duddridge will highlight the work journalists do amid challenging environments, including the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Monday’s session will be the last in a five-day series of meetings organised by the Eastern Africa Editors Society to mark World Press Day. 

The regional consultative meeting has drawn delegates from Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania and on how to strengthen media freedoms in the region.

The meeting will also be addressed by the new chairman of the Media Owners Association Mr. Stephen Gitagama, Dr. Yumiko Yokozeki, the Director of the UNESCO Addis Ababa Liaison Office to AU and UNECA, Dr. Peter Mwesige, co-founder of the Africa Center for Media Excellence (ACME), Muthoki Mumo, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Sub-Saharan Africa Representative and Mugambi Kiai, the Article 19 Eastern Africa Director.

The World Press Day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom and evaluates press freedom around the world. 

The day is also used to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. This year’s theme for the World Press Freedom Day is Information as a Public Good.

The main celebration of World Press Freedom Day this year will take place in Windhoek, Namibia.  Some other national events around the world are expected to complement the main celebration.

This year’s celebration coincides with the 30th year anniversary of the 1991 Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Press, which led the UN to proclaim World PressFreedomDay in 1993.

The day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.

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