The Windhoek Declaration called for the establishment, maintenance and development of an independent, pluralistic and free press. She stressed the importance of a free press for the development and maintenance of democracy in the country and for economic development. World Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually on May 3, the day the Windhoek Declaration was adopted.
The deadline for submissions has now been extended to January 17, 2022. The campaign will be launched by May 3 and is to be linked to the World Press Freedom Day 2022 theme of Journalism Watch, which will focus on digital issues in relation to media and press freedom.
World Press Freedom Day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, valuing press freedom around the world, protecting the media from attacks on their independence, and paying tribute to the memory of journalists who have died in the line of duty. UNESCO is coordinating the celebration of the Day, which includes some 100 celebrations in countries around the world, and spearheads the main celebration by organizing a global conference with the host government and various partners working in the field of freedom of expression.
The World Press Freedom Day 2022 World Conference will be held in Uruguay from 2 to 5 May 2022. The campaign should involve leading newspapers and media outlets as well as leading journalists, experts, influencers and activists from around the world who spread the word about the campaign. in various media and social networks.
This year theme for World Press Freedom Day is Journalism Under Digital Siege. According to the United Nations, the topic will focus on several of the ways journalism is endangered by digital surveillance and attacks on journalists, and the implications of all of this for public trust in digital communications. The UN has also mentioned that surveillance can reveal information gathered by journalists, including from whistleblowers, and could be detrimental to the safety of journalists.
May 3 serves as a reminder to governments to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals on issues of press freedom and professional ethics.
Each year, May 3rd is a date dedicated to the fundamental principles of press freedom, valuing press freedom worldwide, protecting the media from encroachments on their independence, and commemorating journalists who have died in the line of duty.
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 in accordance with the Recommendation adopted at the 26th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in 1991. This, in turn, was a response to the call of African journalists, who in 1991 prepared the landmark Windhoek declaration.
Freedom of the press and freedom of expression are at the core of UNESCO mandate. UNESCO believes that these freedoms make it possible to achieve mutual understanding for building lasting peace. It serves as an occasion to inform citizens about press freedom violations - a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed, and journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even killed. This is a date to encourage and develop press freedom initiatives and to assess the state of press freedom around the world.
The International Federation of Journalists is the global voice of journalists. Founded in 1926, it is the worlds largest organization of journalists, representing 600,000 media professionals in 187 unions and associations in over 140 countries.
Promoting freedom of expression
As a United Nations agency mandated to promote the free exchange of ideas in words and images, UNESCO works to promote free, independent and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and the Internet. Media development in this mode promotes freedom of expression and promotes peace, sustainability, poverty eradication and human rights. This year award ceremony will take place at the World Press Freedom Day Global Conference on 2 May.
Established in 1997, the annual award recognizes an individual, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defense or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially in times of danger.
Why do we celebrate International Days?
International days and weeks serve as an occasion to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global issues, and to celebrate and consolidate human achievements. The existence of international days predates the creation of the United Nations, but the UN has used them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also celebrate other United Nations commemorations.