World Press Freedom Day
The UNESCO Amman Office each year celebrates World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on May 3rd with various activities.
World Press Freedom Day 2014 highlighted the importance of independent, free and pluralistic media to protecting and promoting these rights. Journalism provides a platform for informed discussion across a wide range of development issues – from environmental challenges and scientific progress to gender equality, youth engagement and peace building. Only when journalists are at liberty to monitor, investigate and criticize policies and actions can good governance exist.
Under the theme for World Press Freedom Day 2014: “Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda”, the UNESCO Amman office held a full day event under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali, to commemorate the day with local partners and media. As part of the event, two consultations were held to gather recommendations from representatives of civil society institutions, media stakeholders and professionals, to feed into the consultations for the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the Beijing+20 (Women and the Media) initiatives.
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2013, UNESCO Amman Office sponsored four TV programs on Roy’a TV where UNESCO staff and partners took part in interviews and discussions on issues relating to this year’s WPFD theme. Beyond that, UNESCO Amman office organized a closed debate for a group of media advocates including law experts, journalists, decisions makers and renowned media activists to discuss this year’s theme with emphasis on freedom of expression on the internet. The debate was held over an informal lunch which was also a chance to thank the participants for their continuous efforts in promoting freedom of expression in Jordan. A set of recommendations came out of the debate, namely the need for independent media self regulation in Jordan.