World Press Freedom Day Quick Facts

Event NameWorld Press Freedom Day ()
Event LevelInternational Day
Observed byUNESCO

World Press Freedom Day Brief

Every year 'International Press Freedom Day' is celebrated all over the world on 03rd May.

World Press Freedom Day History

World Press Freedom Day was declared by the United Nations in the year 1993, according to this day the principles of freedom of the press, the evaluation of the freedom of the press, the protection of the freedom of the press from the attack of outside elements and the service of the press. It is a day to pay tribute to the reporters.

The Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is also awarded by UNESCO on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May every year since 1997. This award is given to a person or institution who has done remarkable work for the freedom of the press.

World Press Freedom Day Objective

The purpose of celebrating this day is to evaluate the freedom of the press, to protect the freedom of the press from the attack of external elements and to save the memories of the Journalists who died for the freedom of the press.

How to celebrate World Press Freedom Day

The List of indexes is released every year on World Press Freedom Day, Norway is ranked first in the World Press Freedom Index 2020, which was also in the first place in the year 2019. Apart from this, Finland has got second place and Denmark has got third place. North Korea is ranked 180th in this index, which was ranked 179th last year.

World Press Freedom Day Theme(s)

2022Republic of Uruguay, Punta Del EsteJournalism under Digital Siege.
2021Namibia, WindhoekInformation as a Public Good
2020Netherlands, The HagueJournalism without Fear or Favour.
2019Ethiopia Addis AbabaMedia for Democracy: Journalism and Elections In Times of Disinformation.
2018Ghana AccraKeeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law.
2017Indonesia JakartaCritical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
2016Finland HelsinkiAccess to Information and Fundamental Freedoms.
2015Latvia RigaLet Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age.
2014France ParisMedia Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda.
2013Costa Rica San JoséSafe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media.
2012Tunisia TunisNew Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies
2011United States Washington, D.C.21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers.
2010Australia BrisbaneFreedom of information: the right to know.

More info about World Press Freedom Day

Important facts related to World Press Freedom Day:

  • Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right as per Article 19.
  • It aims at comprehensive development of empowered media persons, through freedom of the press and bringing news to the masses.
  • May 3 also coincides with the anniversary of the Manifesto of the Wind Hawk, issued by African newspaper journalists on May 3, 1991.
  • Every year on this date the basic principles of freedom of the press are remembered.
  • On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, all journalists take an oath to do their work fearlessly.

Freedom of Press in India:

In India, there is often discussion about the freedom of the press. On the World Press Freedom Day celebrated on 3 May, talks on freedom of the press are bound to happen in India too. The freedom of the press in India is ensured by the fundamental right to freedom of expression given to Indians in Article 19 of the Indian Constitution.

Important Days of May Month - (National Days and International Days):

Day Event Name - Event Level
01 MayInternational Labor Day - International Day
02 MayWorld Comedy Day - International Day
03 MayWorld Press Freedom Day - International Day
08 MayWorld Red Cross and Red Crescent Day - International Day
11 MayNational Technology Day - National Day
12 MayInternational Nurses Day - International Day
15 MayWorld Family Day - International Day
17 MayWorld Information Society Day - International Day
18 MayInternational Museum Day - International Day
21 MayAnti-Terrorism Day - International Day
22 MayWorld Biodiversity Day - International Day
31 MayWorld No Tobacco Day - International Day
मई माह का दूसरा रविवार of MayMothers Day - International Day
मई माह का पहला मंगलवार of MayWorld Asthma Day - International Day

World Press Freedom Day FAQs:

World Press Freedom Day is observed every year on 03 May.

Yes, World Press Freedom Day is an International Day that is celebrated every year on May all over the World.

World Press Freedom Day is observed every year by UNESCO.

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