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World Press Freedom Day

  • 04 May 2020
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The World Press Freedom Day is observed on 3rd May, every year.

Key Points

  • Origin and Purpose:
  • The day acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom.
  • It is an opportunity to:
    • Celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom.
    • Assess the state of press freedom throughout the world.
    • Defend the media from attacks on their independence.
    • Pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
  • Theme for 2020: Journalism without Fear or Favour.
    • 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.
  • 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 Aspects of the Media.
  • After the celebration of this day, there will be several events to be held in the upcoming days:
    • High-level Dialogue on Press Freedom and Tackling Disinformation in the Covid-19 context, webinars and online discussions via Facebook Live, YouTube and Microsoft teams, amongst other digital platforms.
  • 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.

Source: TH

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