May 3rd, 2018
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2018, which is being celebrated today, May 3rd, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris extends his warmest congratulations and best wishes to every member of the press in St. Kitts and Nevis and, indeed, around the world.
“Today, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, 2018 had its second reading in the National Assembly, sending a clear and firm message that my Government is serious about ensuring and enshrining the right to information in St. Kitts and Nevis,” Prime Minister Harris said today.
Reflecting on the work of professional journalists in safeguarding democracy and ensuring good governance and transparency, the Honourable Prime Minister also said, “My Government shares an affinity with our country’s broadcast, print, online and social media practitioners because, like them, we strive every day to serve the interests of the people. We therefore welcome and applaud a free, responsible press that diligently promotes debate, fairness, knowledge and informed decision-making, and on behalf of the people of this great country we say thank you.”
Prime Minister Harris went on to note that, “My Government and I take this opportunity to commend all of the journalists who express keen interest in elucidating our plans, programmes and policies for the benefit of their audiences and readership, as well as the whole citizenry.”
The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis further noted that, “We encourage you all to ask questions and keep us accountable, and that’s why my Government and I interact with you with such frequency, taking your phone calls and organizing monthly press conferences and regular town hall meetings, for instance – so that you can help us advance the public’s right to know.”
Prime Minister Harris added, “On this World Press Freedom Day, and every day, we honour and recognize your service and value to society.”