World Press Freedom Day
About World Press Freedom Day
When is World Press Freedom Day? This holiday is always celebrated on May 3
HOLD THE PRESSES!!! Today is World Press Freedom Day. This May 3 holiday promotes and celebrates all forms of freedom of speech, including freedom of the press. In democracies enjoy it is enjoyed as a basic human right. However, people in communist countries and those living under dictators do not have this freedom. Rather, the media is suppressed and can report only news favorable to those in power.
This holiday recognizes the value of freedom of expression, and the sacrifices journalist have made to attain this freedom. It was created and is sponsored, by the United Nations. While we enjoy this freedom in the United States, freedom of the press, and freedom of expression, is not a given right in many countries.
Each year, UNESCO awards the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to someone who has made a major contribution towards journalistic freedom.
How to Celebrate and Participate in World Press Freedom Day
There are several ways to enjoy World Press Freedom Day:
- The UN and other organizations hold UN-sponsored conferences and seminars on this issue.
- Teachers are encouraged to create lesson plans.
- As individuals, we can learn more about the issues.
- And, we can support efforts to further freedom of the press.
- Tak a moment to reflect upon the basic freedom you have.
“As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind … every part of this rocket was supplies by the lowest bidder.” – – John Glenn
History and Origin of World Press Freedom Day
In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed May 3rd each year to be World Press Freedom Day. This is a UN Sponsored annual event.
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