“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.

VENEZUELA, Caracas : A woman wears a gag as journalists and workers of Venezuelan media, demonstrate in support of 32 radios and two TV channels closed by the Government a year ago, in front of the private radio network Belfort National Circuit (CNB) in Caracas on August 1, 2010. At the time, President Hugo Chavez said the broadcasters were taken off the air due to the stations’ failures to meet legal operating requirements, but communication workers insist it was another move to control the country’s media. AFP PHOTO/Miguel GUTIERREZ

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.

Getty images – Gandhi – Credit WAN_IFRA

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, sanjeev.saikia@gmail.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.

Getty images – Mandela – . Credit: WAN-IFRA

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”.