World Press Freedom Day 2015 in photos

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.

This year, UNESCO celebrates World Press Freedom Day under the theme "Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age".

 

Side Events

Side Events of World Press Freedom Day

Saturday, 2 May 2015
14:00-17:00
Venue: Stockholm School of Economics, Riga

Opening Ceremony

Free Flow of Ideas By Word and Image—Celebrating 70 Years of UNESCO.

Sunday, 3 May 2015
9:00: - 10:00
Venue: Imanta Ziedoņa Hall, National Library

Award Ceremony of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, awarded the prestigious 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to imprisoned Syrian journalist and human rights activist Mazen Darwish on Sunday evening.

The award ceremony took place at the Latvian National Library in Riga on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day celebrated every year on 3 May, in the presence of the President of Latvia, Andris Bērziņš.

Copyright: © Emerson Malone, and © Karlis Miksons

Press Freedom in Cartoons

The cartoons reproduced here were illustrated by Zemgus Zaharāns in conjunction with the World Press Freedom Day Celebration in Riga, Latvia, from 2-4 May 2015. The cartoons were drawn during the conference itself.

Copyright: © Zemgus Zaharāns

World Press Freedom Day Sessions

Plenary Session 1: Independent and Quality Media

Sunday, 3 May 2015
10:30 - 12:00
Venue: Imanta Ziedoņa Hall, National Library

Parallel Session 2: Regulation, Sustainable Self-regulation And Professional Standards

Sunday, 3 May 2015
14:00-15:30
Venue: Riga Hall, National Library

Parallel Session 3: Women at the Forefront in the Digital News Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities?

Sunday, 3 May 2015
14:00-15:30
Venue: Zemgala Hall, National Library

Parallel Session 4: What Can Journalists Do About Hate Speech?

16:00-17:30
Venue: Vidzeme Hall, National Library

Plenary Session 2: Gender and Media (With Special Focus on the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action)

Monday, 4 May 2015
10:30 - 12:00
Venue: Imanta Ziedoņa Hall, National Library (with live streaming)

Parallel Session 7: Under Fire: Challenges for Journalists and Editors in the World's Hotspots

Monday, 4 May 2015
14:00-15:30
Venue: Riga Hall, National Library

Plenary Session 3: Digital Safety for Journalists and Editors in the World's Hotspots

Monday, 4 May 2015
16:00-17:30
Venue: Imanta Ziedoņa Hall, National Library (with live streaming)

World Press Freedom Day Around the Globe