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World Press Freedom Day: May 3

Date: 03 May 2019 Tags: Days & Dates

The World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is celebrated every year on May 3 across the world to celebrate fundamental principles of press freedom as well as to evaluate freedom of press around the world. Observance of this day also serves as occasion to defend media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who died while doing their profession.

2019 Theme: “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation”. It aims to discuss current challenges faced by media in elections, along with media’s potential in supporting peace and reconciliation processes.

Main Event: This year it is 26th edition of WPFD and main event was jointly organized by UNESCO, African Union Commission (AU) and Government of Ethiopia at the African Union (AU) Headquarters at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Background

The World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in December 1993, following recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. The date 3 May marks anniversary of adaptation of Declaration of Windhoek on media pluralism and independence in 1991 by African journalists. The purpose of observance of this day is to provide opportunity to celebrate fundamental principles of press freedom, assess state of press freedom throughout world, defend media from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in line of duty.