ISLAND, Sint Maarten – Friday 3rd
of May marks World Press Freedom Day.
of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson
would like to congratulate
the nation’s journalist as well as those from the North side of the island (St.
Martin) on this internationally renowned day.
The theme this year is
“Media for Democracy: journalism and elections in times of disinformation.”
“With disinformation and
mistrust of the global media running rife, we must reflect on the role that the
media plays in every society including ours. Transparency and reliable
factual information are the corner stone of democracy for any functioning
“Good reporting is key for
society to have an understanding of what is going on, and for free and fair
debates of opinion to take place. The right to freedom of expression
allows journalist to inform about what is going within the community.
Journalists also have a responsibility to the community that they serve that
they provide factual information and that is what good reporting is all about.
“Falsehoods are designed to
mislead public opinion. All readers must be cognizant of this and to search out
the facts and the truth in order to have an informed opinion about an issue.
“I take this opportunity
once again to congratulate our journalists from the North and South on World
Press Freedom Day, and call on them to continue to uphold the principles of
fair and responsible reporting in today’s society,” Minister of Tourism and
Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Friday.
In 1993, the United Nations
(UN) General Assembly established World Press Freedom Day. Every year,
May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of
press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media
from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have
lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), almost
100 journalists were killed going about their work in 2018, with hundreds
imprisoned. A total of 1,307 journalists were killed between 1994, and last