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Can Journalism thrive in Jordan? UNESCO celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2015

Can Journalism thrive in Jordan? UNESCO celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2015

Amman(womeninjordan)– – “Can Journalism thrive in Jordan?” This question was discussed at theWorld Press Freedom Day2015 commemoration organized by UNESCO on Sunday 3 May and hosted by the Royal Film Commission in Amman. Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali, UNESCO facilitated adiscussion on media freedom at a well-attended event.
“2015 is a special year for UNESCO and the United Nations as we celebrate our 70th anniversary. It is also a time for us to reaffirm our vision for freedom of expression” said Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative in Jordan, during the event.Quoting from thejoint messageissued by Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, she added:
“Freedom of expression and press freedom are not luxury attributes that can wait until sustainable development has been achieved – they are an enabler for the enjoyment of all human rights and, therefore, vital to good governance and the rule of law. This is our message today, to let journalism thrive!”
Every year, on 3 May the international community gathers to celebrate theWorld Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to commemorate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world and pay full tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
During the celebrations UNESCO alsolaunched the web portal www.medialegalsupport.jo, an online platform that offersa one-stop-shop for media laws and regulations in Jordan.
“Sweden is a proud partner to UNESCO in today’s launch of The Legal Support to Media Web Portal. I hope that this online platform for media laws and regulations will lead to increased awareness and knowledge among both media actors and public authorities in Jordan.” HE Helena Gröndahl Rietz, Swedish ambassador in Jordan, noted.
Under the global theme “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age”, World Press Freedom Day 2015 examines the interrelated dimensions of free and independent journalism and quality reporting, the issues of women in media and how they are portrayed in them, and safety of journalists. In addition to various events and activities held around the globe to commemorate this day, an international conference is held in Riga, Latvia, 2-4 May.

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