April 30, 2021
Upfront of Could 3, World Press Freedom Day, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown partnered with Barbados journalists and the Caribbean Investigative Journalism Community (CIJN) to rejoice the significance of a free press as an indispensable element of any free society. To mark the event, the Embassy hosted a three-day digital investigative journalism workshop for over fifty Caribbean journalists. Just lately-elected President of the Barbados Affiliation of Journalists and Media Staff (BARJAM) Keith Goddard, who participated in this system, stated, “The coaching supplied very helpful insights into the approaches of dealing with investigative journalism from extremely revered individuals of their fields.” Kiran Maharaj, President of the Media Institute of the Caribbean, the guardian group of the CIJN, and facilitator of the workshop, thanked the U.S. Embassy for its help and highlighted the necessity for extra coaching. Commenting on the success of the April 27-29 program, Ms. Maharaj stated, “The periods confirmed the passion and dedication of journalists to face the challenges of an trade beneath stress. It’s heart-warming to have supporters such because the U.S. Embassy Barbados, who wish to guarantee coaching and improvement of media practitioners is accessible.”
Nations dedicated to upholding a free press like america and Barbados, will mark World Press Freedom Day 2021. The media performs a vital position in a democracy and, as noticed in current reporting on the volcanic eruptions in St. Vincent, in saving lives. This yr’s World Press Freedom Day theme “Info as a Public Good” serves as a name to acknowledge data as a foundation proper and to all individuals, irrespective of the place they reside.
The realities of the pandemic have modified the best way journalists function within the discipline, and america commends media staff for his or her dedication to transparency and the reality within the face of mis- and disinformation from malign state and non state actors, in these unprecedented instances. We stand with all members of the media and honor you every single day of the yr, however particularly on World Press Freedom Day.