3 May – World Press Freedom Day

world-press-freedom-day-is-being-observed-today-1462244655-5010World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek 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.

press_freedom_1In 2016, World Press Freedom Day coincides with three 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 Windhoek Declaration of press freedom principles
  • – The year 2016 is also the first year of the 15 year life-cycle of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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
  • ensuring safety for journalism online and offline

Read more about this year’s themes in the concept note PDF document

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

The annual UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize ceremony will take place on 3 May 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. The winner is Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist from Azerbaijan.

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