May, the 3rd marks the World Press Freedom Day

Monday, the 3rd of May 2021, marks the World Press Freedom Day.

The theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day is: “Information as a Public Good.”

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, 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.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.

Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Audrey Azoulay, said: “The theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, “Information as a Public Good”, underlines  the  indisputable  importance  of  verified  and  reliable  information.  It  calls  attention  to  the  essential  role of free and professional  journalists  in  producing  and  disseminating this information, by tackling misinformation and other harmful content.”