In celebrating the World Press Freedom Day held annually on 3rd May, the Media Council of Kenya plans to hold a regional Journalists’ Convention and the second Annual Journalism Excellence Awards [AJEA] gala. The Journalists’ Conference will take place on 2nd May and half day on 3rd May, while the awards will be held on the evening of the same day [Friday, 3rd May 2013] in Nairobi, Kenya. The two events will be held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The regional Journalists’ Convention will focus on Media Regulation in Africa, Safety and Protection of Journalists and Professionalism in the industry.
Participants at this event will comprise media practitioners, trainers and policy makers from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa, Somalia and Burundi with other speakers coming from, Europe, America and Asia. Kenyan delegates will be drawn from the media, civil society, donor agencies, institutions of higher learning and government institutions among others.
The Convention will be conducted in fulfilment of the Council’s pursuit to create and strengthen a functional network between the media councils in the region with an aim of identifying emerging issues and sharing workable strategies, experiences and solutions with regards to media regulation.
Among those expected to attend the World Association of Press Councils Executive Committee meeting are press councils from Zimbabwe, Turkey, Nepal, the United States of America, Pakistan, India, Malawi, North Cyprus, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia and Burundi among others.
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The World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on May 3 to inform the international community that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights. This day reminds people that many journalists brave death or face jail to bring daily news to the public.
The World Press Freedom Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1993 as an outgrowth of the Seminar on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press. This seminar took place in Namibia in 1991 and led to the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media.
The Windhoek Declaration called to establish, maintain and foster an independent, pluralistic and free press. It emphasized the importance of a free press for developing and maintaining democracy in a nation, and for economic development. World Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually on May 3, the date on which the Windhoek Declaration was adopted.
Although World Press Freedom Day has only been celebrated since 1993, it has much deeper roots in the United Nations. Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights states that everyone “has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers".
Each year since 1997, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is awarded to honor the work of an individual or an organization defending or promoting freedom of expression, especially if it puts the individual’s life at risk. The award is named after a journalist murdered in 1986 after denouncing drug barons.