His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of the country, may God bless him and protect him, sent a noble message on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, which falls tomorrow, May 3.
The following is the text of the supreme message of His Majesty the King on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day:
We are pleased to send a message of thanks and appreciation to the loyal people of the homeland in the fields of journalism and information, the owners of the noble message in spreading awareness, enlightenment and knowledge, and our national march partners in continuing modernization and sustainable development.
We share the international community’s celebration of World Press Freedom Day under the slogan “the press without fear or favoritism”, to renew our pride in giving our journalistic and media cadres, which perform the duty to safeguard the word’s integrity objectively, credibly and professionally in light of a modern democratic climate and a developed constitutional and legal system that guarantees expression mechanisms The freedom to express responsibility, safety and independence.
It is a good occasion in which we have the right to be proud of the gains achieved through the broadening horizons of freedom of the press, media and intellectual creativity, which represent refined human values and a true embodiment of the awareness of our Bahraini society and its civilization and long history. These freedoms are a milestone in the maturity and dynamism of our democratic process and respect for human rights and political and civil liberties.
The independent press and the free and responsible media are among our most important national gains since the launch of our reform project, within the framework of respect for rights and freedoms, foremost of which is freedom of opinion and expression, the right to exchange correct and reliable news and information and employ the latest developments in media and communication technology to achieve this, without restrictions or intimidation, in light of Modern constitutional and legislative guarantees, an independent judiciary, commitment to regional and international human rights instruments, and economic and social progress that has enhanced the presence of the press and the media and their growing influence.
The press and the media, with their honorable national history and their adherence to the principles and ethics of the profession, have proven to be an essential building block for society and its progress, a beacon of thought, creativity and knowledge, a fundamental component of the rule of law, a safety valve against extremism and terrorism and incitement and hatred speeches.