Regional: Time for new voices in the media

Regional: Time for new voices in the media

Date: June 4, 2012
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This year’s World Press Freedom Day on 3 May marked 21 years of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Windhoek Declaration in 1991.

According to the Windhoek Declaration media freedom includes freedom of information and expression, free flow of ideas by word and image, independent and pluralistic press, repression of media professionals, and establishment of associations that safeguard the fundamental freedoms in the Declaration and training of journalists. The declaration is however, silent on gender.

Gender equality and equality of all voices is implicit in the notion of a “pluralistic press” which is meant to reflect the “widest possible range of opinion within the community” as espoused in the Windhoek Declaration. Click here to read more


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