Nairobi, KENYA: Kenyan Journalists on Tuesday marked the 2016 World Press freedom Day in Nairobi with this years theme being “Access to Information and Fundamental freedom.”
The event that was organised by Media Council of Kenya had delegates drawn from the media, academia,civil society, donor agencies, institutions of higher learning and government institutions among others.
Marked every year by the whole world on May 3, World Press Freedom day was adopted by United Nations in commemoration of the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek.
This was a statement of free press principles put together by newspaper journalists in Africa at a UNESCO seminar on “Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press” in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1991.
Speaking during the ceremony at a Nairobi hotel, Mr. Mohammed Djelid Director UNESCO Regional office for Eastern Africa, congratulated Kenyan Journalists in their efforts to promote free press.
“I congratulate Kenyan journalists for their efforts to promote free press we as UNESCO are working to ensure safety of journalists all over the world.” said Mohammed
Invited guest PLO Lumumba who was also at the event lauded African journalists for working under conditions which are not as similar to their colleagues in other countries.
He however challenged journalists to ensure that democracy is achieved, not forgetting to mention the new media, that is social media; that is playing a big role in shaping the media today.
“Media today is responsible for treating politicians as demigods; this undermines democracy.” Said PLO.
ICT PS Sammy Itemere who spoke on behalf of the ministry, said the government will continue to engage media so as to promote accountability & democracy.
The event that is organised by MCK every other year, is always followed with an award ceremony Annual Journalist Excellency Awards AJEA, that seeks to appreciate journalists for their outstanding work.