May 3, 2013: World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day celebrated its 20th anniversary in on May 3, 2013.  The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2013 was Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”. The United Nation General Assembly declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day in December, 1993 following a recommendation adopted at the 26th session of UNESCO’s General Conference.

Objective:

  • Celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom,
  • Raise the awareness of importance of press freedom around the world,
  • Defend the media from attacks on their independence,
  • Pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in exercise of their profession,
  • Encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom.

UNESCO marks World Press Freedom Day as an opportunity to honor notable contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom across the world by UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Award.

Ethiopian Journalist Reeyot Alemu was honoured by  2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for her “exceptional workings  on the root causes of poverty, and gender equality’.

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