The Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has concluded arrangements to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) Celebration in recognition of members who were once victims of harassment, attack, detention and even murdered in the course of carrying out their constitutional duties.
This year’s event will provide opportunities for Journalists, Civil Society Organizations, Political Gladiators, Academicians and the broader public to pay tributes to victims of harassment, attack, detention and those who have lost their lives on duty. It will also provide avenues to discuss emerging challenges to Press Freedom and Journalists’ safety and possibly identifying solutions.
Also, it will serve as a call to affirm the importance of cherishing information as a public good, and exploring what can be done in the production, distribution and reception of content to strengthen journalism. This year’s theme is of urgent relevance to all countries across the world. Likewise, it recognizes the changing communications system that is impacting on our health, human rights, democracies and sustainable development.
Our resource persons will underline the importance of information within this new ecosystem, WPFD 2021 three key topics:
- Steps to ensure the economic viability of news media;
- Mechanisms for ensuring transparency of Internet companies;
- Enhanced Media and Information Literacy (MIL) capacities that enable people to recognize and value, as well as defend and demand, journalism as a vital part of information as a public good.
The event will be held on Monday 10th of May, 2021 at NUJ Press Centre, 28, Offa Road, GRA, Ilorin by 11:00am prompt.
It will be recalled that United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) set aside every 3rd of May to celebrate the Fundamental Principles of Press Freedom, Paying Tribute to Journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their Profession and remind Governments of their duties to respect and uphold the Right to Freedom of Expression as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Deacon Omotayo Ayanda