Declaration of Emancipation Park

World Press Freedom Day 2014 – Emancipation Park Declaration

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Re: Declaration of Emancipation Park

We, Caribbean journalists, broadcasters, media entrepreneurs and managers, academics and civil society organisations assembled at Emancipation Park, Kingston, Jamaica on May 3 in observance of World Press Freedom Day 2014 devoted to:

  1. Celebrating the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  2. Assessing the state of press freedom in the Caribbean and throughout the world;
  3. Defending the media from attacks on their independence;
  4. Paying tribute to journalists who have suffered loss of life, injury, torture, kidnappings and threats in the line of duty;

Hereby pledge to devote ourselves to achievement of the objectives of this year’s universal observances that include:

  1. Acknowledgement of a role for independent media in promoting good governance, empowerment and the eradication of poverty;
  2. Monitoring and influencing the rule of law to ensure the safety of journalists and bringing about an end to impunity;
  3. Working to ensure the sustainability of and professionalism in the practice of journalism.

We recognise the value of the free press in deepening the democratic process and promotion of the means through which true development is pursued and achieved and agree with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that “only when journalists are free to monitor, investigate and criticise a society’s policies and actions can good governance take hold.”

Read official release (pdf): Declaration of Emancipation Park

May, 02, 2014