May 3 is celebrated as World Press Freedom Day. UNESCO will lead the 25th celebration of this important day. The celebrations began on May 2 at Accra, Ghana, and will conclude on May 3, 2018. This year’s theme is ‘Keeping power in check, Media, Justice and the Rule of law.’
It covers issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and literacy of the judicial system and the accountability of the state institutions towards the public. On this day will be examined the challenges of ensuring press freedom online in the modern day context.
May 3 is a day to celebrate the principles of press freedom and to evaluate it around the world. It is a day to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to those journalists who have been killed while doing their job. In 2017, 79 journalists were assassinated worldwide in the exercise of their profession.
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993. The recommendation for this had been made at the 26th session of the UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. Today it has grown all over and is marked with great celebrations.
This day encourages development of initiatives in favour of press freedom and seeks to evaluate the state of press freedom worldwide. It is a reminder to all government of the need to respect freedom of the press. Conversely, it is also a day for journalists to reflect on issues of press freedom and professional ethics. UNESCO works to ensure and foster freedom of the press and the safety of journalists.
‘Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.’ Thomas Jefferson