The media in any country in the world, plays a pivotal role in informing the public, formulating opinions and keeping the ones in authority accountable for their actions.
That was the key message given by the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) School of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean Professor Leo Marai, when addressing the Journalism & Public Relations Strand students and guests during the commemoration of World Media Freedom Day on Wednesday 03rd May.
He mentioned that as members of this important community, the day outlines the importance of these values and the responsibility ahead that needs to be defended.
“Today we gather and reflect on the importance of a free and responsible media in promoting the pressing and accountability.”
He said this year’s theme declared by UNESCO was about shaping a future of rights; Freedom of expression as a driver for all human rights.
He added that the theme signified the importance and the power of free speech as it paves the way in empowering societies on their human rights. Professor Marai expressed his appreciation for the partners and sponsors of the event and those that had been with them throughout the whole day and is looking forward to strengthen their ties in the years to come.
The event was organized by the students as part of their assessment for those majoring in Journalism and Public Relations (JPR) particularly the Public Relations class.
By the end of the night the students received praises from most of the invited guests for the successful hosting of the event to mark World Media Freedom Day.