3rd May : World Press Freedom Day

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Here we come up with another article in our days observance section. Because we don’t want you to miss any important topic which is related to our self not only in terms of exams but as a human being. So here we go –

Every year, 3rd May is observed as World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression. The theme for the 2016 WPFD is – Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This Is Your Right!

UNESCO also marks World Press Freedom Day each year by bringing together media professionals, press freedom organisations to assess the state of press freedom worldwide and discuss solutions for addressing challenges. Each conference is centered on a theme related to press freedom, including good governance, media coverage of terrorism, impunity and the role of media in post-conflict countries.

The day celebrates the principles of press freedom and assesses the state of media freedom across the globe. The day pay tribute to journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty and also include defending the media against attacks on its independence. The day proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.

What is the Declaration of Windhoek :- A statement of free press principles put together by newspaper journalists in Africa during a UNESCO seminar on “Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press” in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1991. Declaration of Windhoek calls for free, independent, pluralistic media worldwide, characterizing free press as essential to democracy and as a fundamental human right.

The 2016 World Press Freedom Day conference (2nd May- 4th May) is going on in Helsinki, Finland, organized by UNESCO and Finnish Ministry for Education and CultureOn the occasion of the day UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is also conferred. The award is named after Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogotá in December 1986, after speaking out against drug cartels.

This year the award is awarded to Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist from Azerbaijan. Ismayilova served for two years as the Baku bureau chief for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani service, Radio Azadliq.


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