World Press Freedom Day 2017 is going to be observed in 17 Community Radio Station level in rural Bangladesh on 3rd May, 2017 with support from Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) & Free Press Unlimited.
In the meanwhile, community radio stations are preparing them for celebrating the World Press Freedom Day. The theme for this year is Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
In this occasion Community Radio stations will arrange a Colorful Rally, Seminar, and Cultural program in rural Bangladesh. Representative from media, practitioners, civil society members, administration and delegates from different level of the society will be invited in the event.
Celebrating the day World Press freedom Day 2017, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication is going to publish a booklet and poster about Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies in Bangla language in line with the theme.
With the support from BNNRC and Free Press Unlimited, all 17 Community Radio stations namely – Community Radio Padma 99.2, Community Radio Nalta 99.2, Community Radio Loko Betar 99.2, Community Radio Pollikantha, Community Radio Sagar Giri 99.2, Community Radio Mohananda 98.8, Community Radio Mukti 99.2, Radio Chilmari 99.2, Community Radio Jhenuk 99.2, Community Rural Radio Krishi Radio 98.8, Community Borendro radio 99.2, Community Radio Naf 99.2, Community Radio Sundarban 98.8 and Community Radio Bikrampur 99.2 , Community Radio Meghna, Community Radio Sagardwip and Community Radio SaraBela.
About the Day
Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.
It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom - a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.
It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide.
3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.