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 3rd  is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

After almost 30 years, the historic connection made between the freedom to seek, impart and receive information and the public good remains as relevant as it was at the time of its signing. May 3rd acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom. It is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. 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.

“a free press can, of course, be good or bad,

but, most certainly without freedom,

the press will never be anything but bad.”

-albert camus




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28 responses »

  1. If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, Maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. … But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  2. A free press is a cornerstone of liberty. Some people in this country declare the press to be “the enemy.” A free press isn’t propaganda, it’s information. And that’s a great quote from M. Camus.


  3. I join you in celebrating this special day honoring a free press. Today a free press is needed more than ever. I am proud to say I’ve been part of the press, previously working as a journalist and photo journalist and today still in the craft via freelancing.


  4. In Britain, we supposedly have a Free Press. But we also have something called a ‘D-Notice’. If you try to publish anything the government declares as ‘secret’, or ‘not in the national interest’, they slap a D-Notice on it and it cannot be published. So I conclude that our press is a free press ‘sometimes’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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