World Press Freedom Day: May 3, 2015

| April 27, 2015

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Journalism provides a platform for informed discussion across a wide range of development issues – from environmental challenges and scientific progress to gender equality, youth engagement and peace building. Only when journalists are at liberty to monitor, investigate and criticize policies and actions can good governance exist – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1993. On May 3, 1993, the Declaration of Windhoek was signed and this date is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. The Day 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 its independence; and
  • pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

For useful documents and resources, including news and radio stories, go to: http://www.un.org/en/events/pressfreedomday/

For further information on press freedom, and the World Press Freedom Index, go to the Reporters Without Borders website: http://en.rsf.org/