09:45:29 am on May 8, 2007 |
On 3rd May 2007, a conference on World Press Freedom Day was held at Integrity Tower, Kuala Lumpur. This event was organized by Asian Institute for Development Communication (Aidcom) in collaboration with Malaysian Press Institute and National Press Club and received cooperation from United Nations (UN).
In conjunction with the event, International Islamic University Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Monash University and HELP Institute have been invited by Aidcom to participate in the program.
For this year, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has chosen the theme for the occasion as ‘Press Freedom, Safety of Journalists, and Impunity’.
During the event, Tan Sri Dato’ Hj. Mazlan Nordin, Chairman of Aidcom said in his welcoming remarks “The safety of the journalist need to be ensured. From year to year, the number of journalist that were murdered and being harassed increase. The criminals who commit this crime still free.”
In fact, his idea was also agreed by Mr. Rudi Luchmann, Deputy Representative Unicef Malaysia “Today (World Press Freedom Day) is also meant to remember and give attributes to the reporters who have been killed while they were conveying the true message to the public.”
Mr. Lee Sang- Ki, the President of Asia Journalists Association and Editor- In- Chief for Hankyoreh Daily, Korea mentioned in his keynote address one of the purposes of celebrating the World Press Freedom Day is to honor and commemorate the fundamental idea of press freedom.
“This is an event which stress on the press freedom against oppression and it is such a crucial matter on the safety of the journalist because from time to time, the number of their death is arising. What is more pitiful most of them were murdered while they were doing their work,” said Mr. Lee Sang-Ki.
Every year, 3rd May would be a day to celebrate the principles of press freedom; to defend the media from attacks on their independence; to evaluate press freedom all around the world and to pay tribute to the reporters who died while doing their profession.