Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age.

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates 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.

Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organizing the main event in different parts of world every year.

The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.

World Press Freedom Day Poster 2015
©  Juan Carlos Hernández Ramírez

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015

                About the Prize | Guillermo Cano | Jury 2015 | Previous Laureates 


Press Coverage

  • Overview of selected international media coverage of the World Press Freedom Day and Prize related themes


Social Networks

                               Hashtags:    #WPFD2015     #KeepSpeechFree


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