New Delhi: The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 to be 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 enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marking the anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in Windhoek in 1991.
It is an opportunity to:
– celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
– assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
– defend the media from attacks on their independence;
– and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the African Union and the Ethiopian government came out with a joint effort to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd with series of events in Addis Ababa. This year’s theme “Media for Democracy, Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” will keep discourse on the new wave of journalism seen worldwide.
Today, Twitter is celebrating World Press Freedom Day with the hashtag #WorldPressFreedomDay. Let’s have a look at how Twitter is celebrating.
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations took to Twitter and posted, “No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information.”
No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. On #WorldPressFreedomDay, we must all defend the rights of journalists, whose efforts help us build a better world for all. pic.twitter.com/nas2ilN3qY
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 2, 2019
There is no democracy without a free press, Tweets European Commission. The EU is committed to respecting the freedom of the media and the right to freedom of expression, which are enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.#WorldPressFreedomDay
There is no democracy without a free press.
The EU is committed to respecting the freedom of the media and the right to freedom of expression, which are enshrined in the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights.#WorldPressFreedomDay pic.twitter.com/hdl2MY1VjK
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) May 3, 2019
UNESCO on Twitter wrote, “Journalism is not a crime.”
Journalism is not a crime.
— UNESCO (@UNESCO) May 2, 2019
The 26th celebration of World Press Freedom Day is jointly organized by UNESCO, the African Union Commission and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The main event will take place in Addis Ababa, on 1 – 3 May at the African Union Headquarters. This year’s theme “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” discusses current challenges faced by media in elections, along with the media’s potential in supporting peace and reconciliation processes.