UNESCO celebrates World Press Freedom Day
Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organising the main event in different parts of world every year.
This year UNESCO’s celebrations of World Press Freedom Day wil be held in Latvia organised from May 2 to May 4.
The conference which will be held under the slogan “Let Journalism Thrive,” will focus on developing an independent press, digital safety of journalists and gender equality in media.
The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.
For more information on UNESCO's celebrations, click here.