Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng says Malaysia’s press freedom index just went a few more notches downwards after the recent Bersih 3.0 rally with scores of journalists abused and attacked by police. A simple ceremony took place at Esplanade, Penang to celebrate World Press Freedom Day with the presence of state government officials and journalists from various newspapers.
“World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to:
1. celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
2. assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
3. defend the media from attacks on their independence;
4. pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.