Today marks World Press Freedom Day

Today marks World Press Freedom Day

Today marks World Press Freedom Day

Written by Staff Writer

03 May, 2016 | 8:25 am

Today marks World Press Freedom Day.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference.

Since then, May 3  is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

It is an opportunity to: celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

In 2016, World Press Freedom Day coincides with a few important milestones:

  • The 250th anniversary of the world’s first freedom of information law, covering both modern-day Sweden and Finland
  • The 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Wind-hoek Declaration of press freedom principles

This year’s WPFD focuses on three different aspects of press freedom:

  • Freedom of information as a fundamental freedom and as a human right
  • Protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach AND
  • Ensuring safety for journalism online and offline

UNESCO and the Government of Finland will co-host the World Press Freedom Day’s main event and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in 2016 which will take place in Hel-sinki, Finland, from 2-4 May 2016.

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