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World Press Freedom Day 2021

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World Press Freedom Day is being observed on 3rd May 2021.

This day is celebrated on the 3rd of May every year.

Theme for 2021:

  • This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme “Information as a Public Good” serves as a call to affirm the importance of cherishing information as a public good.

Highlights:

  • In his message, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all governments to do everything in their power to support a free, independent and diverse media. 
  • He said, in many countries, journalists and media workers face censorship, abuse, harassment, detention and even death simply for doing their jobs.

History

  • As per the UNESCO Website, World Press Freedom Day was announced by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference.
  • Since then, every year World Press Day is celebrated on May 3. As per UNESCO, the purpose of World Press Freedom Day is 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
  • Pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty

Significance:

  • Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and the press plays an actively important role in making the general public aware of what’s happening in their country and around the world.
  • The World Press Freedom Day is observed as a day to remind the governments of the world about the role journalists’ play, in providing information even under the most stressful situations.

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