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28 April 2022

World Press Freedom Day Next Tuesday

World Press Freedom Day, the annual global event to promote the importance of press freedom organised by UNESCO, will be held on Tuesday next week. 

Held on 3 May each year, the event aims acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.

World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom as well as being a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.

Running from 2 to 5 May, UNESCO and the Republic of Uruguay will host the annual World Press Freedom Day Global Conference in a hybrid format in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.

Under the theme 'Journalism under Digital Siege,' the digital era’s impact on freedom of expression, the safety of journalists, access to information and privacy will be discussed.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991.