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Time to translate pledges on free press into action, says Commonwealth spokesperson

Submitted by on May 4, 2012 – 2:56 pmNo Comment

World Press Freedom Day (3 May) was marked by a blunt message from the Commonwealth Secretariat spokesperson: It’s time to translate leaders’ pledges on freedom of expression and of the press into action.

“Commonwealth leaders have consistently re-affirmed their commitment to promoting the fundamental values and principles of the association, which include freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” spokesperson Richard Uku said in the statement.

“The challenge is to translate these commitments into action ‒ moving beyond declarations to walking the talk.

“Our priority at the Commonwealth Secretariat is to continue working with member states to assist them to observe what they have agreed to do.

“There cannot be a properly functioning democracy without a free and responsible press.

“We shall continue to support the development of responsible and professional journalism, while at the same time working to ensure that there is a conducive political, legal and economic environment for journalists to operate from.”

Read the full statement here.

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