World Press Freedom Day 2017:Gabon organizes events under the theme chosen by Unesco


Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

The capacity of the press to inscribe its contribution in the promotion of peaceful, just and inclusive societies will be examined from 3 to 4 May at the Libreville Chamber of Commerce

On the occasion of the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day, commemorated on 3 May each year, Gabon organizes events under the theme chosen by Unesco this year: « The role of the media in the promotion Peaceful, just and inclusive societies « .

Several papers are on the menu of this program. From 3 to 4 May, interactive discussions will be held on communications on « The role of the media in peacebuilding: lessons from the last presidential election in Gabon », « Media actions for the construction of peaceful and inclusive societies » , « Social networks: instruments of peace or tension », « Contribution of journalism for sustainable development » and « the state of play of recommendations made by media professionals since 2013″.

In its role of censor and moralizer of the political life in the country, the Gabonese press had a score to play before, during and after the last presidential election. A singular involvement in keeping with the theme of this edition, the scope of which is still relevant. Given that it is fairly clear that the country has emerged strongly divided from this electoral consultation.

An excellent opportunity to revisit the corridors of actions that have led to the compromise of peace, in particular the post-election violence suffered by the local press, including the Union, Radio Télévision Nasareth (RTN), Canal Hope and Gabon television.

The latest report by Reporters sans frontières, which deprives Gabon of eight places, is a relevant indicator to understand the extent of the restrictions imposed on the press and the facts of the slippage that could be blamed.