On 3 May 2014, UNESCO celebrates World Press Freedom Day. This is a day to celebrate 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.
With the theme “Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda”, World Press Freedom Day 2014 concentrates on the importance of press freedom in the Post-2015 development agenda, which is currently being discussed at global level. More specifically, UNESCO highlights three inter-related themes: the importance of media in development, safety of journalists and the rule of law, and the sustainability and integrity of journalism.
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2014, the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels gives the floor to Members of the European Parliament, journalists and civil society representatives about the key opportunities and challenges in creating a world where journalists can enjoy freedom and safety while exerting their profession and where access to information and free media contributes to the development of societies. Let's discover their messages.