Photo gallery : International conference on World Press Freedom 2014 (5-6 May)

The international conference organized on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day opened at UNESCO Headquarters Monday 5 May 2014. Subjects examined during the event included the safety of journalists, the fight against impunity, the growing importance of new forms of journalism and the need to include press freedom among the next United Nations international development goals.

Photo gallery: Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize (2 May)

The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was established in 1997, on the initiative of UNESCO's Executive Board and is formally conferred by the Director-General of the Organization on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, on 3 May.

This year, the award ceremony took place at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters on Friday, 2 May. An international, independent jury of media professionals has named Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Şik the winner of the 2014 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

Photo gallery : UN marks World Press Freedom Day 2014 (1 May)

Free media, traditional and new, are indispensable for development, democracy and good governance, United Nations officials said today, spotlighting Press Freedom Day – observed annually on 3 May – to urge Governments, societies and individuals to actively defend this fundamental right as a critical factor in achieving internationally agreed development goals.