World Press Freedom Day
Created by Mansi Dubey Updated on May 03, 2018
The United Nations General Assembly declared 3 May as the World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of speech through any medium including print and electronic media. According to our constitution, under article 19, every person has the freedom of speech/expression to voice his/her opinion on any subject without any interference.
UNESCO also marks World Press Freedom Day by conferring the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Freedom Prize on a deserving individual, group, organization that has made a great contribution to the press.
The prize is named after Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the office of his newspaper, El Espectador on December 17, 1986, because his writing offended Colombian drug barons. The prize was created in 1997 and is awarded to the person recommended by an independent jury of 14 news professionals. Every year the names are submitted by UNESCO member states, regional and international nongovernmental organizations working for press freedom.
Every year media professionals, press freedom organizations, and UN agencies are invited to the UNESCO conference to assess the state of the press and discuss solutions for different challenges faced by journalists and press organizations. Each year the conference is based on a theme related to press freedom. The conference is hosted by a different city every year. In 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia was the host for the theme “ Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies”. This year Ghana Accra, Ghana will serve as a global host city for the theme “ Keeping the power in check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”
Today, tell your child about the World Freedom Day which not only give them information and education about press but also give them some insight into our history. How during the time of independence the newspaper played a big role to disseminate information about different states and events that took place in the country. Enlighten your child about the power of the press and about the right to freedom of expression through print and electronic media that every individual holds.
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