World Press Freedom Day – May 3

MAY 3 is World Press Freedom Day. This year it will be used to remember those 99 journalists known to have been killed around the world in 2009, or the 136 jailed as of December 1, and so we do not forget about the 573 arrested doing their jobs. 

You can learned more about them at

Britain is fortunate in so much as it operates a so-called free Press. But we see that eroded day by day with outdated libel laws, photographers arrested under onerous anti-terror legislation and journalists covering protests quizzed and processed like common criminals.

The reasoning by the authorities may be sound, but we should be cautious about accepting that as the norm if we are to retain freedom and balance and above all the right to question deeds carried out in our name.

Just as we should be ever mindful about the power of the Press and Media with the regards to the influence of those who own it and democracy. Allegiance in an election year is one thing. Interfering, well, surely that is quite another. 

We, as practitioners, are ultimately the ones responsible for that, whatever our particular hue. There is a fine line between being supportive and journalistic credibility. Or at least, there should be.

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