09.05.2019 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

World Press Freedom Day Commemoration 2019 - South Sudan Youth and Women trained on the Role of Press Freedom in Supporting the South Sudan Peace Process

Participants during the WPFD event in Juba, 3 May 2019©UNESCO

Juba 03 May 2019: South Sudan youth, representatives from the women bloc, CSOs, University students and journalists gathered to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) at Palm Africa Hotel in Juba under the theme: Enhancing Democracy and Press Freedom in the South Sudan Peace Process.

The World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year (May 3) following proclamation of the day by the UN General Assembly in December 1993 on the recommendation of UNESCO.

Echoing the UNESCO Director General’s statement on the day, Mr. Saidou Sireh Jallow, UNESCO South Sudan Head of Office and Representative (OIC) emphasized that, “the existence of free, pluralistic and independent media is a prerequisite for the proper functioning of democracies and Press freedom guarantees transparent societies where everyone can access information.”

Accessibility to information by citizens presents a nation with the possibility of growth and development at personal, communal and national levels and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals can be realised. In her remarks, Ms. Anie Rashidi, UNMISS Team Leader-Human Rights Juba, reminded journalists that they have a duty to provide citizens with factual information, tell the truth, ensure accountability and educate the masses.

Mr. Thomson Fontaine, R-JMEC Deputy Chief of Staff-Strategy, stressed the importance of a free press, especially during the current peace implementation process.  He highlighted that the media and journalists have a duty to ensure that the message on peace reaches everyone across South Sudan because journalists and the media are well placed to do so.

During the event, efforts of journalists’ contribution to press freedom, freedom of expression and access to information in the country were acknoweldged. Participants recognised the great works of media veteran late Alfred Taban for his contribution in championing press freedom, freedom of expression and the safety of journalists in the country.




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