United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO on Tuesday expressed their sadness over the death of 102 journalists during the course of a year(2016). Irina Bovoka, The Director General Of the international organisation made this statement in preparation for the World Press Freedom Day. She empasised on the duties of the journalists and the challenges they faced which brought some of them to their death. She spoke proudly of war they waged in order to receive the 2030 agenda for sustainable development in countries.
“UNESCO is leading this work across the world, starting by standing up for the safety of journalists. Far too often, murder remains the most tragic form of censorship – 102 journalists paid the ultimate price in 2016. This is unacceptable and weakens societies as a whole. This is why UNESCO is spearheading the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity with partners around the globe. The stakes are clear. We need original, critical and well-researched journalism, guided by high professional, ethical standards and a quality media education.We need media education combined with audiences that have the right media and information literacy skills,”
She stressed on the need for critical minds for the world to move forward
The theme for this years is: Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies
Bovoka concluded saying:
“Today, I call on everyone to sharpen their minds to defend the freedoms that are essential for justice and peace.