World Press Freedom Day: 3 May

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World Press Freedom Day: 3 May

World Press Freedom Day is observed annually on 3 May to increase understanding about the importance of a free press.

An Overview of the News

  • This year's theme is "Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of Expression as a Driver for All Other Human Rights", which highlights the important role of freedom of expression in the protection and promotion of other human rights.

  • The United Nations General Assembly declared an International Day for Press Freedom 30 years ago, and UNESCO organised a special anniversary celebration at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

  • World Press Freedom Day is a reminder of the important role of free and independent media in promoting democracy, human rights and sustainable development.

History of World Press Freedom Day:

  • World Press Freedom Day was proposed by UNESCO's General Conference in 1991 to celebrate and promote press freedom.

  • In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day.

  • The day is observed annually to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments of their responsibility to uphold the right to freedom of expression.

  • World Press Freedom Day also provides an opportunity to honour journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

  • The day advocates for the safety and independence of journalists who work to disseminate information to the public.

List of Important Days in May

  • May Day / International Labor Day - 1 May

  • Maharashtra Day - 1st May

  • Gujarat Day - 1 May

  • World Tuna Day - 2 May

  • Press Freedom Day - 3 May

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