- Nigeria ranks 112 in World Press Freedom Index. Click for the full list here
Some highlights of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's briefing at UN Headquarters:
“On this World Press Freedom Day, I call on all Governments, societies and individuals to actively defend this fundamental right as critical factors in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the post-2015 development agenda,” he says.And more:
- Freedom of expression, independent media and universal access to knowledge will fortify our efforts to achieve lasting results for people and the planet.
- Kidnapping, detaining, beating and murdering journalists for speaking or writing uncomfortable truths is completely unacceptable in a world ever more reliant on global news outlets and the journalists who serve them.
- Some 456 journalist have been forced into exile since 2008. And since 1992, well over 1,000 journalists have been killed – nearly one per week. Behind each statistic stands a man or a woman simply going about their lawful business.
- Social media and mobile technologies offer new tools for accelerating citizen participation and economic and social progress.
- Media’s watchdog function is essential for holding Governments, businesses and others to account.
When journalists are able to report freely, they support informed citizen participation in political and social processes and promote civic engagement...Our Assembly called upon Member States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference. In this regard, the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity is an important multi-stakeholder mechanism. Only by ensuring that journalists can work safely and without fear will they be able to give voice to those who do not have one, tell stories that are untold and help build open and transparent societies.