Today is World Press Freedom Day

Today is World Press Freedom Day the United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd of May 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.

 “Important day   :   World Press freedom day – May 3″

  “Theme         :   Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.”

The day was commemorated with an event and the UNESWCO/Guillermo Cano world Press Freedom Prize Ceremony, which was jointly organised by UNESCO and the Government of Indonesia along with the Preess Council of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Highlights : 

  • The four – day long event that began on 1 May would be concluding on 4 May 2017.


  • This year marks the “Twentieth anniversary” of the world press freedom prize. It was created in 1997.

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.


 Important days in April – 2017