BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
THE country must support journalists to overcome barriers to their work, says Alicia Kenilorea, United Nations Joint Presence representative at yesterday’s Press Freedom Day event in Honiara.
“At this time, we must also support journalists to overcome barriers to their work,” Kenilorea told those who were present.
“This year, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO with a consortium of researchers launched a study titled the chilling: globe trends in online violence against women journalists.
“As we reflect on the theme for this year, I would like to reiterate the importance of free and independent media; providing support for the strengthening of journalism and being able to cherish verified and reliable information.
“Today, we recognize the journalists and media workers who commit to keeping us informed and exposing injustices,” Mrs Kenilorea.
She said Journalists play a critical role in informing, to allow for meaningful participation and decision making.
“For if we say that information is a public good then it must be provided for the benefit of the community. It also means we should be bale access and use information responsibly so as not to cause harm or prevent others from accessing it.
“Media is a critical partner in all collective effort to pursue peace, development and well-being and today we salute all journalists and media workers for the role that you play,” Kenilorea said.