Published: 2023-05-03 18:26
Last Updated: 2023-09-29 08:58
Wednesday, the US Embassy and European Union Delegation to Jordan held a joint event in Amman to observe World Press Freedom Day, and raise awareness of the importance of freedom of opinion and expression.
US Counselor for Public Affairs Stefanie Altman-Winans and Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Jordan Angela Martini emphasized the importance of freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance.
By encouraging a free press, citizens are more informed, active, and engaged in political decision-making, and can better hold their governments accountable, they stressed.
Altman-Winans said: “On the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, we renew our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press, which is an essential pillar of democracy. We stand firm in support for this critical pillar of civil society that is shared with the EU and worldwide.”
Martini noted: “Just by taking a look around us, we realize that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are under threat in many parts of the world. We reaffirm that the freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy and a fundamental right that needs to be protected, and that journalists should be able to carry out their work without fear of persecution or intimidation.”
The event, which was attended by leading Jordanian journalists, academics and media students, provided an opportunity for the participants to discuss the challenges facing the media today, especially as freedom of expression is increasingly undermined by state and non-state interference around the world.
The press release read: "Today, we have come together to honor the many journalists and media actors who have dedicated their lives, often at great risk, especially women journalists who are particularly vulnerable to threats and increasing attacks, to promote transparency and accountability throughout the world."