2016 World Press Freedom Day (Globally commemorated on the 3rd May) will be celebrated on the 7th May in district of Quthing. The celebration will be symbolized with handing over of community radio equipment to the district community as Media Institute of Southern Africa, Lesotho Chapter (MISA Lesotho) support under its project; Access to information Through Establishment of Community Radio Stations, financially supported by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).
The district was selected to contribute to preservation of its multi- linguistics’ nature and cultural diversity. Quthing district has three main tribes, Baphuthi, Xhosa and Thepu who each speak a different language and It is among the district of Mokhotlong and Semonkong in the district of Maseru which were selected to assist the Community Radio Stations.
This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme is;
“ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMAS: THIS IS YOUR RIGHT!”
Every year, 3 May is a date that the media celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organizing the main event in different parts of world every year.
The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a recommendation adopted at the 26th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media and independence.