World Press Freedom Day: Celebrating the Importance of Press Freedom

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World Press Freedom Day is an annual event that commemorates the importance of press freedom across the globe. This year, the event is particularly significant as it marks the 30th anniversary of the event.

The Theme for 2021: Freedom of Expression as a Driver for Human Rights

The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights,” which highlights the importance of freedom of expression in protecting and enjoying other human rights.

Press Freedom in South Africa

In South Africa, this day follows Freedom Day, which celebrates the country’s freedoms gained since the advent of democracy. The press functions as an enabler for other human rights, including freedom of speech.
Minister in The Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshaveni, praised South Africa’s independent, vibrant, and free press, which helps verify and disseminate facts, create opportunities for ideas to be debated, and provide a voice for the voiceless.

Upholding the Principles of Fair and Objective Journalism

However, the principles of fair and objective journalism should be embraced by the press to ensure that these rights continue to be upheld. In the era of mis- and disinformation, we all have a responsibility to protect credible and bona fide news. The need for trustworthy and fact-checked news for public good is crucial and growing every day. Therefore, freedom of expression requires steadfast and determined role players to confront the real story versus fake news.

The Government’s Commitment to Press Freedom

The government of South Africa reaffirms its commitment to uphold the right to freedom of expression and the independence of the media, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is imperative for the press to continue embracing the principles of fair and objective journalism.
In a world fraught with disinformation, it is more important than ever for the media to maintain its independence and its commitment to the principles of objective and fair journalism.

Protecting Press Freedom for a Functioning Democracy

Press freedom is crucial for a functioning democracy, and it is the responsibility of all citizens to protect it. The media plays an essential role in providing accurate and reliable information to the public, and they should be allowed to do so without fear of censorship or repression.
The press should continue to hold governments and other power structures accountable for their actions, and citizens should support them in their efforts to do so.

Upholding Press Freedom as a Fundamental Human Right

In conclusion, press freedom is a fundamental human right that should be protected and upheld at all times. The government of South Africa reasserts its support for and commitment to press freedom, and it is the responsibility of all citizens to protect it.
The media should continue to embrace the principles of fair and objective journalism, and we should all support them in their efforts to do so.

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