IMPORTANT DAYS, BOOKS & AUTHORS
World Press Freedom Day was observed on 3rd May by UNESCO.
The day is being celebrated with the objective to evaluate press freedom around the world and paying tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. Journalists were considered as the fourth pillar of democracy.
The theme fixed for this year is “Journalism under digital siege”. This theme highlights the ways that endanger journalism and the consequences of all this on public trust in digital communications.
The day focused on the risks faced by journalists by surveillance and digitally-mediated attacks.
Last year’s theme was, “Information as a Public Good” which focused on the importance of cherishing the information as a public good and explored the ways to strengthen the fourth pillar of democracy.
UNESCO marks World Press Freedom Day by conferring the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on a deserving individual, organisation or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defense and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger.
The origin of this day was raised on 1991, at the UNESCO conference in Windhoek, an African Journalist presented on ‘Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Media’, opened up about an idea to encourage press free domin different parts of the world.