WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY
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The World Press Freedom Day is observed on 3rd May, every year.
- The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference.
- Since then, 3rd May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.
- The day acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom.
- The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2020, “Journalism without Fear or Favour” and the sub-themes for this year are:
- Safety of Women and Men Journalists and Media Workers.
- Independent and Professional Journalism free from Political and Commercial Influence.
- Gender Equality in All Aspect of the Media.
- UNESCO is launching a global campaign on media and social media channels, with a focus on this year’s theme in an increasingly complex media landscape.
World Press Freedom Conference 2020:
- Since 1993, the Global Conference is organized annually.
- The conference provides an opportunity to journalists, civil society representatives, national authorities, academics and the broader public to discuss emerging challenges to press freedom and journalists’ safety and to work together on identifying solutions.
- The Netherlands is the host for 2020. Due to Covid-19 a global pandemic the conference is now scheduled for October 18 to 20 at the same venue.
- The conference will be a joint celebration of World Press Freedom Day (May 3) and the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2).
Data to know:
- In April, 2020 the report on the World Press Freedom Index, 2020 was released by the global body, Reporters without Borders.
- India is at 142nd rank after dropping two places from last year’s ranking.
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