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Commemorating the Day of the Journalist, President Luis Arce expressed his congratulations to the press workers and pointed out that “the greatest care must be taken in knowing how to inform” the population.
“Today more than ever in the world, information is of the utmost importance that defines people’s lives. Therefore, great care must be taken in knowing how to inform, in knowing how things are reported, because even the attitudes of many people depend on that, and we want everything to go for the good of each and every one, especially in our country”, Arce said during a breakfast with journalists.
On the other hand, he highlighted the “social work” of journalists and people who daily perform functions in the media.
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“We understand the sacrifice, the leading role they have, enviable perhaps, that many people would like to have, because they are there in the media, informing, making themselves known, knowing the news, and that social role that is fundamental today”, he claimed.
Other congratulatory messages
Other figures of national politics turned to social networks to share their congratulations to Bolivian journalists. Such is the case of former presidents Evo Morales, Carlos Mesa and Jorge “Tuto” Quiroga, who highlighted the value of journalistic work.
“Congratulations to the Bolivian journalists on this their Day for the sacrificed work they carry out truthfully informing the people so that they can freely decide their destiny. Journalism, more than a trade, is a vocation of service and commitment to the country,” Morales wrote.
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“This May 10, I vindicate the great values of truth, independence and social commitment, perpetual guides that strengthen and ennoble the work of journalists. My tribute to those who gave their lives for these values and my recognition to those who defend them today,” said Mesa.
“This May 10, I pay my tribute to the journalists of Bolivia, who, faithful to the motto of the Washington Post, illuminate and illuminate; with his work the light shines, the one that saves our long-suffering democracy from dying in the dark,” Quiroga said.
For his part, businessman Samuel Doria Medina expressed admiration for the work capacity of workers in the press and the “resilience” to face “attacks from power.”
“An important part of my work is done with journalists. I have learned what they are like and I admire their willingness to inform, their ability to work and their resilience to attacks from power. We need them. Congratulations dear journalists !!!”.
The mayors of La Paz and Cochabamba, Iván Arias and Manfred Reyes Villa, also joined in the congratulations with recognition of their daily work.
“Congratulations to the journalists who suffer and are persecuted for telling the truth. The journalist must be uncomfortable for power, but not in a desire to appear, but to serve the people, because this job is, above all, of service, “Arias published.
“Today, the day of the Bolivian journalist, I extend my recognition and congratulations to all the professionals who carry out this noble work with a passion for truth, ethics and social commitment. Journalism is more than a job, it is a vocation of service. Congratulations journalists!” added Reyes Villa.
Finally, the principal investigator of Human Rights Watch (HRW) for the Americas, César Muñoz, went a step further and asked the authorities to approve a law on access to public information to facilitate journalistic work.
“Bolivia: On the Day of the Bolivian Journalist we highlight the value of the free and independent press for democracy. The authorities should celebrate it by approving a law on access to public information, which facilitates their work and transparency.”
Every May 10, the Bolivian Journalist’s Day is remembered in Bolivia, commemorating the day of the death of the journalist and lawyer, Cirilo Barragán, who was executed during the government of Mariano Melgarejo, for publishing an article that annoyed his dictatorship.
Later, on May 10, 1938, President Germán Busch created the National Retirement, Pension and Montepíos Fund for Journalists, with which journalistic activity began to be recognized as a profession.
The commemorative date for the work of the correspondent was instituted on May 8, 1953, through Supreme Decree No. 3394.