World Press Freedom Day recognized

JanelWorld Press Freedom Day – which highlights the need for action to upholding the right of journalists to carry out their work, is being recognized today. The theme for this year is “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media.” Over the past decade, more than 600 journalists have been killed – with at least 120 reported in the past year alone. Additionally, hundreds have been detained and subject to brutal treatment. The United Nations has established a Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which aims to raise awareness and to support practical steps to create a free and safe working environment for journalists. As we told you last week, long-time news anchor and journalist Janelle Chanona has been named the Belize correspondent for the organization Reporters Without Borders (RWB), -which is “dedicated to the defense of freedom of information of the press.

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