Presidential/Episcopal address by the Bishop, Professor the Right Reverend Dr William Peter Stephens, Bishop of The Gambia
Feb 28, 2011, 1:10 PM
The British High Commission in The Gambia last Thursday joined the celebrations marking World Press Freedom Day.
Commenting from London, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
“World Press Freedom Day gives us an opportunity to honour the work of all those who strive to defend one of our fundamental human rights, the freedom of expression.
“As more media appears online, more online journalists, including bloggers, are also being harassed, attacked and killed for their work. We remember them also, and call for the release of those who have been arbitrarily detained.
“Events in the Middle East and North Africa over the past year have shown the power of the internet. This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme ‘New Voices; Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies’ recognises that power. We must ensure that both online and offline innovation and the free flow of ideas, information and expression are protected. These are cornerstones of a stable and prosperous society”.