About the Day
Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, 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.
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth 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.
It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom – a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.
It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide.
3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.
- World Press Freedom Day 2016
Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This Is Your Right!
- World Press Freedom Day 2015
Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age
- World Press Freedom Day 2014
Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda
- World Press Freedom Day 2013
San José, Costa Rica
Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media
- World Press Freedom Day 2012
New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies
- World Press Freedom Day 2011
Washington, United States of America
21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers
- World Press Freedom Day 2010
Freedom of Information: the Right to Know
- World Press Freedom Day 2009
Media, dialogue and mutual understanding
- World Press Freedom Day 2008
Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and Empowerment of People
- World Press Freedom Day 2007
Press Freedom, Safety of Journalists and Impunity
- World Press Freedom Day 2006
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Media, Development and Poverty Eradication
- World Press Freedom Day 2005
Media and Good Governance
- World Press Freedom Day 2004
Media in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones and in Countries in Transition
- World Press Freedom Day 2003