In 1993, the UN General Assembly declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day. It’s a day that celebrates the principles of press freedom and a day when press freedom is evaluated in countries all over the world. The media is particularly susceptible to censorship and brutal attacks and this reflects the lack of regulations and zero political will in many countries in the world to protect the fourth estate. On this day journalists who laid down their lives in the name of truth are remembered.
World Press Freedom Day coincides with the 250th anniversary of the world’s first freedom of information law and the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration of press freedom principles in Africa.
Every year, World Press Freedom Day highlights a theme. The theme in 2016 is the link between Freedom of Speech and Sustainable Development. More details outlined here.