World Press Freedom Day

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For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others - Nelson Mandela

Each person has the right to freedom of opinion and a better future. This right includes freedom to hold opinions without obstruction and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through media regardless of any boundaries

The United Nations General Assembly declared third day of May to be the World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the magnitude of press freedom by reminding all stakeholders of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom and expression enshrined. It is the opportunity to pay a tribute to all journalists who have lost their lives in the line of their duty. In this day, stakeholders should unite their hand together finding a way of defending the media from attacks of their independence, assessing the state of press freedom throughout the world as well as celebrating the fundamental principles of press freedom.

For 2014, World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated in about 100 countries globally, will highlight the need to include freedom of speech and access to independent media and information in Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The Post-2015 Development Agenda refers to a process led by the United Nations that aims to help defining the future global development framework which will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals. Their influence in shaping flows of development aid, national policies and practices is incredibly significant.

Understanding on the significance of Post 2015 Development Agenda, this year's celebration focuses on the global theme "Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and explores three interrelated ideas which are media's importance in development, safety of journalists and the rule of law and the sustainability and integrity of journalism.

We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), have always been endlessly supporting and acknowledging the Universal Declaration of Human Rights especially those rights of young people including the right of press. In line with that, WAY celebrate World Press Freedom by encouraging and developing initiatives in favor of press freedom, as well as assessing the status of press freedom worldwide. Our efforts incorporate the promotion of human rights including media expression to young people serving as a reminder of the need to respect the importance of press freedom. In reflecting the issue of press freedom and professional ethics amongst media, we believe that young people should be exposed to different opinions, freedom of speech and freedom to publish their desires.

Thus, it is for today, we stand to encourage young people to value this day and support all young journalists to carry on their hard work without having the fear of expressing themselves responsibly.

Happy World Press Freedom Day!