WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY IN
Top Ethnic Journalist:
Governments Must Accept Criticism
By ROMEO P.
Reporters and Editors (IRE), Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA),
National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) and Reporters
Canada's top ethnic journalist has urged governments to accept
"enlightened public criticism" as he took note of the continued
attacks on journalists and on the right of people to free expression.
At least 118
journalists were killed last year and another 185 are in detention in
various parts of the globe, said Thomas
S. Saras, president of the 620-member National Ethnic Press and Media
Council of Canada (NEPMCC).
citizens in a democracy are entitled to knowledge of the essential facts
controlling their lives," he states during the opening day ceremony
on May 6 at Toronto City Hall of the week-long exhibition honouring World
Press Freedom Day declared by the United Nations.
in the last few years, freedom of the press has reached its lowest level.
He named eight countries, notably the "theocratic regime of
Iran," and 39 leaders, among them heads of states and terrorist
organizations, for stilling people's right to freely express themselves.
top 10 countries where most of our sisters and brothers were detained were
Turkey with 69, Iran 61, China 32, Eritrea 28, Syria 15, Vietnam 14,
Ethiopia 6, Saudi Arabia 4 and so on," he points out.
Saras, at least 23 professional and 53 part-time journalists have been
killed in Syria while the fate of another seven remains undetermined.
whole structure of democracy rests upon the public opinion . . . we are
ruled by public opinion," he says at the event which was also
attended by Ontario provincial and city officials led by Toronto Mayor Rob
Ford. (Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ68qpjBNdM&feature=youtu.be).
is the reason that a fully informed public opinion through the full and
free expression of the press and media we can keep control of our
democratic institutions and our elected officials so that they will be
able of functioning properly," he adds.
also editor of the monthly Greek paper Patrides, also declared that
journalists have a duty to see that they serve the highest ideals of
truth, justice and fair play to create wholesome relationship among the
various cultural, racial and linguistic groups and the government.
principle can be translated to the fact that by free press we mean a press
untrammeled by prejudice and unfettered by selfish bias, serving no other
cause but that of the truth and recognizes no other master but
justice," he adds. (Free press, PPCO version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4vVh6sZsPc).
broad multi-ethnic and multi-cultural base across Canada, NEPMCC members
have altogether an estimated mass readership of five million which could
potentially make or unmake the country's political landscape.
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