Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) has joined with 11 other journalism organizations in signing a resolution in support of global press freedom. The resolution is being released on World Press Freedom Day.
This annual celebration of the fundamental principles of press freedom was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 in response to a call by African journalists, who in 1991 announced the Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence. This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme is “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.”
PRNDI’s executive director, Terry Gildea worked on the resolution with other representatives of non-profit media organizations during last weekend’s media summit celebrating World Press Freedom Day, an event that the Society of Professional Journalists produced in New York called “Quo Vadis Democracy in an Age of Disinformation?” All in all, more than 30 media nonprofits were represented over the course of the weekend, with many of the delegates at the level of executive director, deputy director or president.
“PRNDI is proud to stand with RTDNA, SPJ and other important organizations to support and advocate for all journalists,” said PRNDI Executive Director Terry Gildea. “It’s important for journalists to practice their craft safely and serve the public in an age when they and news organizations are under attack on several fronts.”
“The resolution is much more than a document,” said J. Alex Tarquinio, SPJ national president. “It is a reminder of the commitment we have as journalism and open government groups to protect and advocate for truth and the free flow of information to the public during this election season and beyond.
Other organizations signing the resolution include: James W. Foley Legacy Foundation; National Association of Hispanic Journalists; National Press Photographers Association; National Society of Newspaper Columnists; Open the Government; PEN America; Radio Television Digital News Association; Reporters Without Borders; Society of Environmental Journalists; Society for Features Journalism; Society of Professional Journalists and Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University.
This free, two-day event was made possible by a generous gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, with additional support from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and Rooney Partners.
The full text of the resolution can be found HERE.