World Press Freedom Day: Togolese Journalists partake in Global Teleconference

Togolese journalists following the conference
Togolese journalists following the conference

On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section hosted nine Togolese journalists, where they joined counterparts from around the round in chatting with Glenn Kessler, a seasoned investigative journalist, businessman and Washington Post fact-checker columnist, on issues of journalistic integrity, media sustainability and media credibility.  The debate provided a forum for participants to learn more about professional ethics and discuss best practices based on the American journalist’s experience.  Co-organized by Share America and the Bureau of African Affairs’ Johannesburg-based Media Hub, the teleconference addressed and answered questions from a worldwide audience.  As President Obama stated on World Press Freedom Day in 2015, “May 3 is a day in which we reaffirm the vital role that a free press plays in democracy and shining a light on the many challenges, cruelties and also hopeful stories that exist in countries all around the world. Journalists give all of us, as citizens, the chance to know the truth about our countries, ourselves, our governments…They give voice to the voiceless, expose injustice, and hold leaders like me accountable”.