Every year, May 3rd is celebrated as World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO‘s General Conference in 1991. The proclamation was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence. WPFD has since then been used to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
This year’s World Press Freedom Day’s main event is part of the ongoing UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia under the theme;
“CRITICAL MINDS FOR CRITICAL TIMES: MEDIA’S ROLE IN ADVANCING PEACEFUL, JUST AND INCLUSIVE SOCIETIES”
Like every year, WPFD 2017 is being commemorated by media houses and journalists across the globe in various ways with some taking to social media. North Korea is expected by many to be under the spotlight as it ranks last in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2017 Press Freedom Index. Hashtags like #pressfreedom #wpfd, #journalists, #liberals are just a few of the many trending on twitter in commemoration of the day.