The theme of this year’s commemoration was
“Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This is Your Right!”.
This is a topic FES deeply cares about and has been working on for several years. World Press Freedom Day in 2016 highlights the links between press freedom, a culture of openness and the right to freedom of information, and sustainable development in the digital age.
The common thread in all these is the role of journalism, and the importance of safeguarding those who bring this service to the public. This year’s conference provided a platform to discuss and deliberate on the implication of recently passed media related laws, including bills such as the Cybercrime Act 2015, Statistics Act 2015 as well as the planned Media Services Bill and the bill for the Access to Information Law.
The conference guest of honour was Hon. Mohamed Chande Othman, Chief Justice of Tanzania, who was joined by other prominent guest such as the Minister for Information, Sports, Culture and Artists, the UN Resident Coordinator, and many others.