“Freedom of the press is a pillar of democratic societies, which can only thrive if citizens have access to reliable information and make their own choices with knowledge of the facts”And the EU is“ determined to do more, in Europe and elsewhere ”. A wish that cannot but share that of the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell Fontelles, who spoke on behalf of the European Union at the World Press Freedom Day of 3 May.
“Today more than ever it is essential that the media are free and independent, but freedom of the press continues to be threatened. Journalists continue to work in very difficult conditions: just for having done their work, many of them are in fact subjected to financial pressures e policies stronger and stronger, placed under surveillance, they fall victim to arbitrary convictions to prison sentences or acts of violence.
According to theUnesco Observatory, 76 journalists have been murdered since 2020, many more, around the world, have been arrested, harassed or threatened. Gender-based violence against female journalists is of particular concern ”, reads the statement by Borrell Fontelles. In which it is argued that “in 2020 more than 400 journalists benefited from the EU mechanism for protection of human rights defenders, while in many regions the EU has carried out important actions in support of journalists, independent media and the fight against disinformation in the context of the pandemic “.
Italy is preparing to celebrate the anniversary established in 1993 by the general assembly of the United Nations from the unenviable 41st place, last in the ranking in Europe and with about 20 journalists under guard. According to the latest report by Reporters Without Borders, Furthermore 130 countries in the world the exercise of “main vaccine” journalism against disinformation is “totally or partially blocked”.
“We will bring to the Speaker of the House Roberto Fico the dossier on intercepted journalists from Prosecutor of Trapani, on the threatened reporters, on the gag complaints and on the fair compensation of the last, because it is not possible that there are journalists who earn five euros by working in contexts of danger and precariousness “, said Sunday 2 May the president of National Press Federation Beppe Giulietti in Trento for an event organized with the Municipality, Assostampa del Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto, Article 21 and the Supolka association.
“We will ask the institutions and political forces that, together with solidarity, approval is given to rules that have been in place for twenty years, because whoever hits the reporters hits the citizens’ right to be informed ”, underlined the president of Fnsi. The Trento event was dedicated to the twelve Belarusian journalists jailed for reporting the protests against the president Alexander Lukashenko.
Initiatives on freedom of the press and information were also held on Sunday in other Italian cities, such as Milano, where the artistic collective PXLs has created a “walkable” work with 75,000 newspaper pages covering the floor of the Central Station: “It is not a provocation – explains Blu-PXLs, spokesperson for the collective – but an invitation to reflect on what we read and on how information reaches us, in an increasingly pervasive way. No newspaper reader habitually asks where the truth lies. Even when the news, like this work of ours, comes manipulated, ignore o trampled“.
His Horizontal school the national coordination of teachers of the discipline of human rights underlines “with force the highest civil value of such a significant day “. The request to Italian secondary school teachers – through the second edition of the project #Free ink – is to guide students in making a short video to remember Giancarlo Siani, Ilaria Alpi, Antonio Megalizzi e Daphne Caruana Galicia.
The Half-full movementfinally, it invites information professionals to publish and highlight news, insights, reports and constructive stories, that is, that, as foreseen by the same deontology, they are free from sensationalism, controversy, fake news and that they know how to help the reader to understand reality and bring awareness and trust in the world and in human beings.