Freedom-Expression

Freedom-Expression

NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Freedom-Expression

Article XIX

" Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

Article XII

" Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defense of Pakistan or any part thereof, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court or commission of or incitement to an offence." Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan , 1973"

World Press Freedom Day

IHRO recognize World Press Freedom Day the sacrifices made in the struggle for freedom of the press and to put pressure on governments that continue to deny their citizens this basic human right. The 3 May message is that journalists everywhere must be granted the right to report freely and without fear. The date marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of principles drawn up by journalists in 1991 calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media throughout the world. The declaration affirms that a free press is essential to the existence of democracy and a fundamental human goal. At a time when human rights and democratic development hang in the balance in so many countries, no one can be complacent. 3 May is the day on which the media can remind governments and the citizens of the importance of freedom of the press and of how the global battle to attain it, continues. In Pakistan on this day, each year since 1995, Green Press Pakistan brings out an annual State of the Media and Press Freedom report, an independent and informative document analyzing the state of media freedoms in the country in the past year as well as chronicling violations.