“Silence kills democracy… But a free press talks” – World Press Freedom Day
Today is World Press Freedom Day. In solidarity with other newspapers in South Africa and around the world St Francis Chronicle is also marking World Press Freedom Day by publishing these photos of Mandela and Gandhi and a Michel Cambon cartoon.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 3 May to be World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.
Credit for the enabling us publish these Getty photos and the Michel Cambon cartoons goes to World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). WAN_IFRA has given permission for newspapers and online publishers to freely publish these ads (and others) with credit to WAN-IFRA and its designer, email@example.com. Images supplied by Getty. WAN-IFRA is committed to defending and promoting a free and independent press worldwide everyday, but particularly on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day.
This year’s theme is the importance of a free press for democracy, whether emerging or well established. “Silence kills democracy… But a free press talks”.