Today is being observed as world press freedom day.

In a statement today, the Media Association of Jamaica, MAJ, says while they cautiously celebrate the continuation of the relatively high degree of press freedom in Jamaica, colleagues in other countries continue to be persecuted.

The MAJ says we have a duty as citizens to ensure that we hold to account those who have the ability to create the environment where these perpetrators can thrive.

They say all Jamaicans, not just media professionals, must stand in solidarity with those who risk their lives in pursuit of the truths which protect our freedoms.

Meanwhile, the Press Association of Jamaica, PAJ, in association with the US Embassy is conducting a Data Journalism Workshop to mark the occasion.

The workshop which started on Wednesday will end tomorrow at the Medallion Hotel in Kingston.

PAJ President, George Davis says the workshop is aimed at improving the capacity of journalists in relation to the writing of stories focused on data.