World Press Freedom Day
- World Press Freedom Day
- Thu, 3. May 2018
- International Days, Years etc
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.
It is an opportunity to:
- celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
- assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
- defend the media from attacks on their independence;
- and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
2018 Theme: Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law
- UN General Assembly Committee on Information
- Human Rights Committee
- Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
- Press Freedom
- Safety of Journalists
- Freedom of Information
- Freedom of Expression on the Internet
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Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, aka Shawkan, to receive 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize
Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, has been selected by an independent international jury of media professionals as the laureate of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize.
Shawkan, a photojournalist, has been in jail since 14 August 2013 when he was arrested while covering a demonstration at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo. In early 2017, the prosecutor in his case reportedly called for the death penalty. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions has qualified his arrest and detention as arbitrary and contrary to the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.