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  • Title: [SW News] (XINHUA) E. African Media Marks World Press Freedom Day
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  • Date :[03 May  2000]

 

E. African Media Marks World Press Freedom Day

 

Story Filed: Wednesday, May 03, 2000 3:17 PM EST

KAMPALA (May 3) XINHUA - Media representatives from 12 countries in east Africa held their annual conference in Ugandan capital Kampala Wednesday to mark the World Press Freedom Day.

The conference under the auspices of Eastern Africa Media Institute (EAMI) adopted the Kampala Declaration 2000.

The declaration says that freedom of information is a fundamental human right, and information should be in the service of humanity. "Governments in the eastern Africa region should guarantee and safeguard press freedom as an inviolable human right of their peoples," it declares.

The declaration advocates that government should promote "the free flow of ideas by word and image among nations and within each nation".

EAMI members states include Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, the Comoros, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Uganda.

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