The world marks the World Press Freedom Day Thursday, an annual event that is celebrated to highlight the achievements and challenges journalists face.
The day established by the United Nations in 1993 was specifically set aside to reflect on the strides and tests encountered by the scribes in their line of work.
This year’s global theme is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’, and will cover issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public.
The Day will also examine contemporary challenges of ensuring press freedom online.
António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General 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.”
Meanwhile, the theme for this year addresses the role of media in sustainable development, especially during elections – as a watchdog fostering transparency, accountability and the rule of law.
The theme also aims to explore legislative gaps with regard to freedom of expression and information online, and the risks of regulating online speech.