WORLD PRESS FREE­DOM DAY

THE 25TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF THE WIND­HOEK DEC­LA­RA­TION ‘The es­tab­lish­ment, main­te­nance and fos­ter­ing of an in­de­pen­dent, plu­ral­is­tic and free press is es­sen­tial to the de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of democ­racy in a na­tion, and for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment’

Fiji Sun - - Big Story - by Fed­er­ica Mogherini The fol­low­ing is the dec­la­ra­tion by the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Fed­er­ica Mogherini, on be­half of the Euro­pean Union on the oc­ca­sion of the World Press Free­dom Day to­day. Source: Del­e­ga­tion of the Euro­pean Union for the Pa­cific Feed­back:

Free­dom of in­for­ma­tion con­trib­utes to bet­ter gover­nance

On this day we cel­e­brate the World Press Free­dom Day. On the 25th an­niver­sary of the Wind­hoek Dec­la­ra­tion the Europe­nean Union wishes to re­call the prin­ci­ple that ‘ the es­tab­lish­ment, main­te­nance and fos­ter­ing of an in­de­pen­dent, plu­ral­is­tic and free press is es­sen­tial to the de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of democ­racy in a na­tion, and for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment’.

The right to free­dom of opin­ion

The right to free­dom of opin­ion and ex­pres­sion in­cludes free­dom to seek, re­ceive and im­part in­for­ma­tion. It is a key com­po­nent of demo­cratic gover­nance and de­vel­op­ment. Peo­ple need to be fully in­formed to be able to form an opin­ion and par­tic­i­pate in de­ci­sion­mak­ing pro­cesses that af­fect their lives. Free­dom of in­for­ma­tion also con­trib­utes to bet­ter gover­nance as it en­hances trans­parency in pub­lic af­fairs and can be used as a tool to make gov­ern­ments ac­count­able for their ac­tions, in par­tic­u­lar when ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion re­sults in the ex­po­sure of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions or cor­rup­tion prac­tices. En­sur­ing ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion can serve to pro­mote jus­tice and repa­ra­tion, in par­tic­u­lar af­ter pe- ri­ods of grave vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights.

EU com­mit­ted

The EU is com­mit­ted to con­tinue pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing free­dom of opin­ion and ex­pres­sion world­wide, not only off­line but also in re­la­tion to the cy­berspace and other in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies, as high­lighted by the adop­tion in 2014 of the EU Hu­man Rights Guide­lines on Free­dom of Ex­pres­sion On­line and Off­line.

It con­demns the in­creas­ing level of in­tim­i­da­tion and vi­o­lence that jour­nal­ists, Hu­man Rights De­fend­ers, me­dia ac­tors and other in­di­vid­u­als face in many coun­tries across the world when ex­er­cis­ing the right to free­dom of opin­ion and ex­pres­sion on­line and off­line.

In ad­di­tion to out­right vi­o­lence the EU is de­ter­mined to fight against laws or prac­tices that im­pose cen­sor­ship, en­cour­age self-cen­sor­ship or pro­vide le­gal penal­ties, in­clud­ing crim­i­nal, fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive sanc­tions, mis­use of mar­ket pow­ers and poor eco­nomic con­di­tions. The EU reaf­firms its de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­mote and sup­port, free­doms of opin­ion and ex­pres­sion as rights to be ex­er­cised by ev­ery­one ev­ery­where, based on the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, non-dis­crim­i­na­tion and uni­ver­sal­ity – through any me­dia and re­gard­less of fron­tiers.

This is your Right!

Photo: Seruwaia Bolatini

Me­dia work­ers....Fiji Sun Staff at a work­shop: From left: Fiji Sun Cir­cu­la­tion Man­ager Ashish Ku­mar, Hu­man Re­source Of­fi­cer Kas­turi Gounder, Clas­si­fieds Su­per­vi­sor Pra­neel Sharma, Sube­d­i­tor/jour­nal­ist Ranoba Baoa, Advertising Man­ager Mon­isha Prasad, Pre­press of­fi­cer Mere­ani Sa­gogo, Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor Pro­duc­tion Maraia Vula, top In­dian Cor­po­rate trainer and lead­er­ship coach Mayur Kal­bag, Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor Busi­ness Rachna Lal, Deputy Pro­duc­tion Man­ager Op­er­a­tions Mi­tiani Vela, Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor News Jy­oti Pratibha, Head Printer Mo­hammed Ak­bar, Lead colour hand/printer Joana Ratu­ni­matari, Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor Dig­i­tal Rosi Do­viver­ata, Se­nior Printer Hird­esh Chand and Chief pho­to­jour­nal­ist Ron­ald Ku­mar.

Photo: Del­e­ga­tion of the Euro­pean Union for the Pa­cific

Euro­pean Union High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Fed­er­ica Mogherini make her dec­la­ra­tion dur­ing the World Press Free­dom Day.

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