World Press Freedom Day 2017

Every year on the 3rd of May the world marks World Press Freedom Day,  in celebration of the media and the role it plays in creating a free and just society.

This year’s theme is “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies”.

World Press Freedom Day not only celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, but also to evaluate press freedom around the world and to defend the media from attacks.


On this day, the world evaluates press freedom around the world, discusses defending the media from attacks on their independence and pays tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted hailing unwavering support towards free and vibrant press; underlining the importance of ‘World Press Freedom Day’.

World Press Freedom Day is a day to reiterate our day to reiterate our unwavering support towards a free & vibrant press, which is vital in a democracy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also highlighted the role of social media in his tweet.

In today’s day & age, social media has emerged as an active medium of engagement & has added more vigour to press freedom.

Described as the fourth pillar of democracy, press freedom is an indicator of the health of a democracy.

At a time described by some as critical for journalism, World Press Freedom Day 2017 focuses on why it is vital to strengthen free and quality journalism to enable the media to effectively contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.  Specifically, the interrelationships between freedom of expression, justice for all and the rule of law, peace, and inclusiveness will be explored.

The day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. “This, in turn, was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence”, according to UNESCO.

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