News Desk: Today is Monday (May 3) World Free Media Day. This year the day is being observed under the slogan ‘Information is the product of the people’. Besides, this day is celebrated all over the world on 3rd May every year. In 1993, the UN General Assembly (May 3) recognized the date as World Press Freedom Day, or World Press Freedom Day, as recommended by the 26th General Assembly of UNESCO in 1991.
Following the basic principles of freedom of the press and the establishment of a free media, the assessment of the freedom of the media around the world, the oath to resist interference in freedom and the memory of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
A message from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was broadcast on Sunday (May 2nd) from the Dhaka office to mark the day. In a message to the media, entitled “30 Years of the Windhoek Declaration”, the UN Secretary-General said: In other times of crisis, including epidemics and climate emergencies, journalists and media workers help us unravel the landscape of rapidly changing and often irresistible information, including tackling harmful mistakes and lies. ”
“Journalism is a public resource,” he added. The economic impact of the epidemic has hit many media outlets hard, threatening their very existence. In addition, with the budget crisis, it is becoming difficult to get reliable information. Rumors, lies and final or divided opinions are growing to fill this void. I urge all governments to do everything in their power to support a free, independent and inclusive media. ”
“Free and independent journalism is our greatest strength in preventing misinformation and propaganda,” he said. The goal of the UN Journalist Security Action Plan is to create a safe environment for media workers around the world. Because information is a mass resource. Today we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralist African Media. ”
On the occasion of the day, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said in a statement that the professional and economic risks of the media and journalists have become more apparent during the Covid-19 supermarket. In addition to the closure of many media outlets, many journalists have been fired or forced to change their profession. Therefore, the organization called for the immediate implementation of the constitutional obligation of free media and free flow of information and the implementation of international commitments to ensure a conducive environment for independent and professional media.
TIB executive director on the occasion of the day. Iftekharuzzaman said that Article 39 of the Constitution guarantees freedom of thought and conscience as well as freedom of speech and expression of every citizen and freedom of the press. But in the face of various pressures and restrictions, both open and covert, this constitutional right has been transformed into a cover document.
Meanwhile, on the occasion of World Free Media Day, various programs will be held in Bangladesh at government and private levels. On Monday at 3 pm a seminar on freedom of speech and press will be organized by the human rights organization ‘Citizens’. The affected journalists, artists, teachers and activists will take part in the discussion.
On May 3, the organization will celebrate World Press Freedom Day to assess the freedom of the press around the world, to protect against media interference, and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.