World Press Freedom Day being observed

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Staff Reporter:

The World Press Freedom Day is being observed on Thursday in the country as elsewhere across the world.

The theme of this year’s day is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’.

The theme of the 2018 celebration highlights the importance of an enabling legal environment for press freedom, and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists.

World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on May 3 to inform all that freedom of press and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights.

On the occasion of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists. Promoting a free press is standing up for our right to truth.”

To mark the day, Jatiya Press Club organised a discussion at 11 am.

Besides, a number of organizations have also arranged discussions.

On the eve of the day, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu in a message on Wednesday said the World Press Freedom Day has immense significance to Bangladesh as the country was going through an unprecedented period when the mass media was flourishing and free.

It included three thousand publications annually, private television channels, FM radios and the voice of the voiceless-community radios, he said.

World Press Freedom 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.unb

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