World Press Freedom Day

Don’t wait for a journalist to be murdered to protest

by Nick Tjaardstra nick.tjaardstra@wan-ifra.org | October 13, 2019

3 May is the World Press Freedom Day

WAN-IFRA is supporting UNESCO’s annual World Press Freedom Day campaign. The World Press Freedom Day acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.

World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is an annual celebration of press freedom, observed on 3 May and whose main celebration is organized by UNESCO. The objectives are to:

  • promote the fundamental principles of press freedom
  • emphasise the importance of an independent media
  • address challenges to media freedom worldwide
  • defend the media from attacks on their independence
  • pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.


World Press Freedom Day Campaign Materials

UNESCO has created campaign materials in six languages that are free to use to help WAN-IFRA member publishers and partners mark 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. They include banners, posters, logos, social media messages and campaign messages. More to come this week – including an op-ed.


Contact Information

Andrew Heslop

Executive Director Media Freedom, WAN-IFRA

Paris, France

andrew.heslop@wan-ifra.org