In his message to mark the 2013 National Journalism Week, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen commended the PAJ for its work over the past 70 years, and argued that Jamaica's high ranking on the World Press Freedom Index is due in large part to the commendable work of the organisation.
"Spurred on by your conviction that 'a free press is the oxygen of democracy', you have advocated for policies and regulations conducive to that freedom," said Sir Patrick.
"You have diligently performed your role of promoting professional and responsible journalism. You recognise that an independent media augurs well for Jamaica's development, but you also understand the burden of your responsibility derived from the far-reaching implications of your work and its potential impact on individuals, the society and our nation," added Sir Patrick.
The governor general pointed to the theme for the 2013 National Journalism Week, 'Persevering in the face of adversity,' and argued that this is relevant right across Jamaica as we strive to combat a range of problems which hobble national efforts towards peace and prosperity.
"As media practitioners, you seek to fearlessly and freely report and inform public opinion on these issues, even as you yourselves confront challenges to your social well-being and economic security.
"However, I believe that you are encouraged by the appreciation which Jamaicans have demonstrated for your work. You are also buoyed by the excellent examples of media practitioners past and present, whose high standards of performance, professionalism and media ethics you must continue to emulate," said Sir Patrick.