World Press Freedom Day

Each year, the fundamental principles of freedom of the press are celebrated on May 3rd. The purpose of World Press Freedom Day is 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.

In 2018, UNESCO will lead the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day. The main event, jointly organized by UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Ghana, will take place in Accra, Ghana on May 2 – 3. This year’s global theme is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’, a very appropriate one given the assault on press freedoms by governments around the world. The conference will cover issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public. The Day will also examine contemporary challenges of ensuring press freedom online.

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