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World Press Freedom Day: Global Celebrations

27 April 2017
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Every year the World Press Freedom Day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence, and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

Every year, apart from the international conference, the day is marked through national celebrations in countries across the world. This year national celebrations are taking place in Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Gambia, Ghana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Topics for this year’s national celebrations range from ‘Hate Speech and Social Media’ in Costa Rica to ‘Labour Precarity and Violence Against Journalists’ in Ecuador, ‘Countering Hate whilst Defending Freedom of Expression to Promote a Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Society’ in South Sudan, ‘Analytical and Critical Approaches in Covering Socially Important Issues in Media’ in Uzbekistan, and ‘Media’s Contribution to Peace, Dialogue, and Countering Hate Speech’ in Palestine (Gaza Strip and West Bank).

You can register your national event here and be a part of the WPFD global celebrations.