Communications Minister salutes ‘journalism without fear or favour’ on World Press Freedom Day


This year, World Press Free­dom Day is be­ing com­mem­o­rat­ed on Sun­day 3rd May 2020.

In her mes­sage to mark the oc­ca­sion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Don­na Cox gave the gov­ern­ment’s as­sur­ance to forge mu­tu­al­ly healthy, re­spect­ful and col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ships with all arms of the lo­cal me­dia.

This is the full text of her mes­sage:

WORLD PRESS FREE­DOM DAY MES­SAGE 2020: JOUR­NAL­ISM WITH­OUT FEAR OR FAVOUR

2020 will for­ev­er be re­mem­bered as the year in which the world ‘stayed at home’ fight­ing a bat­tle against an in­vis­i­ble and odor­less virus. Through it all, the world’s press has pro­vid­ed cit­i­zens with up to date re­port­ing, analy­sis, heart wrench­ing sto­ries of death and dis­place­ment and sto­ries about he­roes and hero­ines on front­lines around the world. Both tra­di­tion­al and non-tra­di­tion­al me­dia have risen to heights nev­er seen be­fore, tru­ly de­serv­ing of the pride of place in which jour­nal­ism is held.

To­day, Trinidad and To­ba­go joins the rest of the world in rec­og­niz­ing World Press Free­dom Day 2020 which UN­ESCO has ti­tled “Jour­nal­ism With­out Fear or Favour,” and the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions takes this op­por­tu­ni­ty to con­grat­u­late all jour­nal­ists and me­dia hous­es, the Me­dia As­so­ci­a­tion of Trinidad and To­ba­go, and the Trinidad and To­ba­go Pub­lish­ers and Broad­cast­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for the role they col­lec­tive­ly play in en­sur­ing that free­dom of the press re­mains a ba­sic pil­lar of our democ­ra­cy.

The Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions not­ed the im­prove­ment in Trinidad and To­ba­go’s rank­ing on the World Press Free­dom In­dex, mov­ing from a po­si­tion of 44 out 180 coun­tries in 2013 to 36 out of 180 coun­tries in 2020, and to­day reaf­firms its com­mit­ment not on­ly to pro­tect­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly en­shrined free­dom of the press but al­so to do all with­in its pow­er to pro­tect jour­nal­ists in the prac­tice of their pro­fes­sion.

Even as this pan­dem­ic has high­light­ed the need for cred­i­ble me­dia voic­es to dull mis­in­for­ma­tion, the Gov­ern­ment gives the as­sur­ance of con­tin­u­ing to forge mu­tu­al­ly healthy, re­spect­ful and col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ships with all arms of the lo­cal me­dia. The me­dia has al­ways played a piv­otal role in re­lay­ing Gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion to cit­i­zens and it is Gov­ern­ment’s hope that this re­la­tion­ship will con­tin­ue to be strength­ened in the years to come.

Sen­a­tor the Ho­n­ourable Don­na Cox
Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions





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