As it marks the 30th World Press Freedom Day, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) on Thursday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to promoting a free media environment where journalists can work safely without fear of reprisals.
In a statement, the PCO acknowledged that journalists and media organizations face threats, intimidation, harassment, violence and other challenges in fulfilling their essential role to provide the public with relevant information.
The Presidential Communications Office said:
“On this World Press Freedom Day, the Presidential Communications Office recognizes the vital role of a free and independent press in fostering democracy, promoting transparency, and upholding the principles of human rights.”
“We honor the brave journalists who risk their lives every day to bring us the news and the stories that shape our world.”
The Presidential Communications Office condemned all attacks on press freedom and called for the protection of journalists and media workers worldwide. They then said:
“We believe that a vibrant and independent press is crucial for a healthy democracy, and we will continue to work towards ensuring the freedom of the press is protected and respected in our country,”
Last week at the 50th anniversary of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. vowed to continue working “hand-in-hand” with the media to strengthen press freedom, assuring media practitioners of the state’s continued commitment to protecting them and their rights in the practice of their profession.
He also committed to “work hard” to “climb our way up” in the global press freedom rankings.
In his speech, the President cited the media’s “instrumental role” in informing the citizenry, shaping public opinion, and “even triggering social mobilization and change.”
The chief executive then urged the press to
“lead and foster public discussion, truth and credibility, the rule of law, especially in the practice of broadcasting, news reporting and information-dissemination.”
Marcos also credited KBP for fully establishing itself as an “institution of national significance” and for being an “efficient instrument of public service in Philippine society.”
Sources: THX News & Philippine News Agency.