Commemoration Days

As a contribution to advocacy on freedom of expression and media development, the CI programme annually commemorates the following days:

  • World Radio Day, 13 February
  • World Press Freedom Day, 3 May
  • International Day for Universal Access to Information, 28 September
  • International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI)

 

 

World Radio Day, 13 February

Day set aside annually to celebrate radio and how it shapes lives. Radio is still the most dynamic, reactive and engaging medium there is, adapting to 21st century changes and offering new ways to interact and participate. It is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and foster positive dialogue for change. By listening to its audiences and responding to their needs, radio provides the diversity of views and voices needed to address the challenges we all face. Radio informs us and transforms us, through entertainment, information and audience participation. 

World Press Freedom Day

Globally, on the 3rd of May every year, World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is commemorated 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. 

International Day for Universal Access to Information, 28 September

UNESCO adopted a resolution (38 C/70) declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).  IDUAI has particular relevance with the new 2030 Development Agenda, and in particular with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 16.10 which calls for “ensuring public access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms”. This day enables countries in Southern Africa to evaluate and reflect on their progress towards achieving this SDG target.

IPDCtalks - The International Programme for the Development of Communication talks in Southern Africa (IPDCtalks) are TedX style presentations that commenced in 2016 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris as part of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) commemorations. The 2017 regional IPDCtalks for Southern Africa (#IPDCtalksSA) event was held in Johannesburg South Africa under the theme: Powering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with Public Access to Information.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI)

2 November is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI), in recognition of the far-reaching consequences of impunity, especially of crimes against journalists. IDEI provides a strategic opportunity to all stakeholders to focus public attention on the importance of ending impunity for crimes against journalists.

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