Cambodia Marks the World Press Freedom Day 2018

Different media practitioners across the country gathered here this morning in a forum to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day 2018.

Cambodian Minister of Women's Affairs H.E. Mrs. Ing Kantha Phavi, Representative of UNESCO in Cambodia H.E. Ms. Anne Lemaistre, Ambassador of Sweden to Cambodia H.E. Ms. Maria Sargren, and H.E. Thach Phen, Secretary of State for Information, presided over the celebration along with the official launch of the Results of the Study on Toward Gender Equity � Women and Media in Cambodia.

In the evening, there will be another session on press freedom, access to information and elections to be presided over by H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information.

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has also sent a message on World Press Freedom Day 2018 by highlighting the media's contribution to the democracy and development of Cambodia.

According to a UN's press release, the World Press Freedom Day 2018 was held globally under the theme: Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law.

The theme of the 2018 celebration highlights the importance of an enabling legal environment for press freedom, and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists.

At the same time, the theme addresses the role of the media in sustainable development, especially during elections � as a watchdog fostering transparency, accountability and the rule of law. The theme also aims to explore legislative gaps with regard to freedom of expression and information online, and the risks of regulating online speech.

Within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the contribution of journalists and media workers is most associated with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 of peace, justice and strong institutions. In order to reach this goal, effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels must be developed, and press freedom is essential for this.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, May 3, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press