The Sala Magna at the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE) was the setting for the celebration of Free Press Day. Students of Communication and Language took part in the activities, which encompassed directors, students, guests and the rector himself, who was responsible for opening the ceremony.
At the ceremony, the UNGE Rector, Filiberto Ntutumu Nguema, was accompanied by the accredited German Ambassador to our country, Mars Jacobs, and a representative from the United States of America, who joined the celebrations.
The activities began with a speech from the head of the department, followed by words from the rector, who thanked and praised the participation of all those involved and, especially, for the presence of the two diplomats from Germany and the United States.
Filiberto Ntutumu also mentioned press freedom as essential for objective information, and he cited its three basic functions; to report on the reality of what is happening; to educate the recipients of the information itself, and to entertain the citizen.
Among other aspects, he pointed out the power of the press, “the fourth power”, which must handle itself well and with caution, “because the press can distort, destroy society in a second, that is to say, it is a powerful power”.
The rector closed his speech by inviting students of Journalism to complete their studies satisfactorily, so that they can carry out their functions with ethics and professionalism.
Cultural activities followed the speech, including presentations, theatre, poetry, and other activities.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea