World Press Freedom Day being marked
03 May 2016, Nirapad News: The World Press Freedom Day is being observed in the country as elsewhere in the world on Tuesday (May 3).
The theme for this year’s Day is, “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This Is Your Right!”
UN General Assembly declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day following recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference in December
The Day is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom, defend it from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
In his message, information minister Hasanul Haque Inu said that today the Day has a great importance in the context of Bangladesh, when mass media has been enjoying its highest growth and free expansion regime.
He said over 2,500 newspapers, magazines and periodicals were published in the country alongside the presence of private televisions, FM radios and community radios.
In addition to these, he also mentioned about the booming number of online news portals that has surpassed a 1,000 mark recently in the country.
The information minister also said a collective endevaour backed by prudent opinions could help government give a sustainable platform for the press and the media as a whole.
In his message, Un Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said a free, independent and safe media environment was essential, but expressed his concern over the increased restrictive environment for media workers in many countries.
Without a free media, he said, people were less free and less empowered.