World Celebrates Press Freedom Day on 3 May

Society | May 3, 2021, Monday // 09:58
Bulgaria: World Celebrates Press Freedom Day on 3 May

Every year, on 3 May, people around the world celebrate World Press Freedom Day. It is the day to discuss and celebrate press freedom, defend the media against attacks and recognise the efforts of journalists around the world who bring us information.

In many countries, media persons are at risk while performing their professional duties. The day aims to acknowledge the struggles faced by the people in the media and is a reminder to governments to respect press freedom.

World Press Freedom Day History

On this day, in the year 1991, World Press Freedom Day originated in Windhoek at a UNESCO conference, as per the official UNESCO page. African journalists present at the seminar in Namibia’s Windhoek on ‘Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Media’ exchanged ideas that encouraged press freedom in other parts of the world.

On 3 May, the Windhoek Declaration was adopted by UNESCO. It aimed towards the ‘development of a free, independent and pluralistic press’. Started in 1991, this is the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day.

World Press Freedom Day significance

Attacks on journalists affect their ability to perform professional duties. As reported by Al Jazeera, UNESCO has found that online attacks on female journalists have significantly increased. The survey was conducted in 125 countries and as many as 900 women journalists participated in it.

According to Reporters Without Borders, India ranks 142 in World Press Freedom in 2021 out of 180 countries.

With data like these coming to light, World Press Freedom Day continues to remain relevant in India and the world.

World Press Freedom Day 2021 Theme

Information as a public good is the theme for the occasion this year. UNESCO states that the theme calls to cherish information as a public good along with exploring ways to distribute it and strengthen journalism.

 

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Society » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Advertisement
Advertisement
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria