It’s World Press Freedom Day! And while we in Jamaica have much for which to be thankful, we are aware that the situation in many countries is very different. To observe the Day, Jamaican and colleague Caribbean journalists today walked from the site of the now-defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation to Emancipation Park, where a Declaration was read that will be sent to governments of the region.

 

Alison Bethel McKenzie, Executive Director of the International Press Institute addressed the gathering in Emancipation Park.

IPI Executive Director, Alison Bethel McKenzie, and PAJ President Jenni Campbell
IPI Executive Director, Alison Bethel McKenzie, and PAJ President Jenni Campbell

 

“The media here is vibrant, thriving, diverse,” she said. “We are advocating for an end to criminal defamation laws in the entire region, for Access to Information laws that actually work, for journalists to be paid a living wage so they can do their jobs to the fullest.”

Journalist Milton Walker holds a poster to remember Mirwais Jalil.
Journalist Milton Walker holds a poster to remember Mirwais Jalil.

Journalists also displayed posters which served as timely reminders of journalists killed over the years. IPI maintains a “Death Watch” on its website which shows that 26 journalists have so far been killed this year across the world., and that 120 were killed last year. IPI says it includes “ journalists and media staff who were deliberately targeted because of their profession – either because of their reporting or simply because they were journalists. IPI also includes journalists who were killed while on assignment.”

 

Getting ready to walk Photo by DJ Miller
Getting ready to walk
Photo by DJ Miller

 

 

 

Journalist Nadine McLeod
Journalist Nadine McLeod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Silvera reads the Declaration while journalists hold posters to remember fallen colleagues
Janet Silvera reads the Declaration while journalists hold posters to remember fallen colleagues

 

 

PAJ/IPI souvenir tee-shirt
PAJ/IPI souvenir tee-shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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