AU Watch

World Press Freedom Day

3 May

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference.

Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. 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
pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on 3 May to inform the international community that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights. This day reminds people that many journalists brave death or face jail to bring daily news to the public. Media professionals, including photojournalists, who risk their lives in the line of duty, are recognised on World Press Information Day.