World Press Freedom Day: Everything you need to know

World Press Freedom Day is intended to support media professionals on issues of press freedom and personal ethics. It is a day of remembrance of journalists who have lost their lives in search of a story. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed World Press Day in December 1993. Since then, May 3, the anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, has been celebrated around the world as World Press Freedom Day. hurry.

According to the constitution of India, the right to freedom of speech and expression for an ordinary citizen shares the same status as freedom of the press. Considering the fourth pillar of democracy, freedom of the press is implied under Article 19(1)(a) of the Indian constitution, the foundation of democracy lies.

The 2021 World Press Freedom Day Global Conference

UNESCO and the Government of Namibia hosted the 2021 World Conference from April 29 to May 3 in Windhoek. This event was made physical and digital with a combination of virtual and in-person participation. The conference brought together media leaders, activists, policy makers, media and legal experts, artists and researchers from around the world.

The main focus of this conference was the threat of extinction facing local media around the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He discussed the challenges of the online media environment, the push for more transparency in internet companies, increasing the safety of journalists, improving their working conditions and supporting independent media.

Theme

The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is “Information as a Public Good”. This is the most important theme and one of urgent relevance for all countries of the world. This involves treasuring information as a public good and exploring what can be done in the production, distribution and reception of content to strengthen journalism to advance transparency and empowerment.

It also helps to recognize the changing communication system that impacts our health, human rights, democracy and sustainable development.

Three highlights from World Press Freedom 2021:

Quotes and messages for World Press Freedom Day 2021

“The freedom of the human spirit is recognized in the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press.” -Calvin Coolidge.

“Freedom of the press, if it means anything, means freedom to criticize and oppose.” – George Orwell.

“No prison is big enough to contain free speech.” -Mazen Darwish.

“Freedom of the press is a precious privilege that no country can give up.” – MK Gandhi

“We must defend freedom of the press and freedom of expression, because, in the end, lies and misinformation do not outweigh the truth.” -Barack Obama

“The role of journalism is to monitor any center of power.” Speak freely. Best wishes to you on this occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

Don’t let anyone silence the voice of society and the people. Stay united and let the press go free on this day. I wish you a very happy World Press Freedom Day.

On this occasion of World Press Freedom Day, we must all remember that freedom of the press is not an end in itself, but a means to achieving a free society. Happy World Press Freedom Day.

“The only safety of all is in a free press.” Let the voice of society be free. Best wishes to you on this occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

“Open your eyes to the world and hear the truth with the help of a free press.” I wish you a very happy World Press Freedom Day.

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