GFMD MEMBERS AND PARTNERS CELEBRATE WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2019
2. May 2019|
2. May 2019|
On May 3rd 2019 the 26th annual World Press Freedom Day will be celebrated across over 100 different countries worldwide. Since its conception in 1993, the United Nations has branded World Press Freedom Day as an opportunity to:
For its 26th instalment, World Press Freedom Day has been co-organised by UNESCO, The African Union Commission, and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. With the focal point of the celebrations taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, professionals from the world of journalism and media development gather to discuss this year’s theme: “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” from May 1st to 3rd. World Press Freedom Day 2019 also aims to address the following sub-themes:
On top of this, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is awarded to a person, organisation or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and, or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world. This year the Prize is awarded to Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. They are serving a 7-year prison sentence in Myanmar for doing journalism.
António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General has released a message on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.
Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, has also issued a statement ahead of World Press Freedom Day.
Several of GFMD’s members have embraced this opportunity to develop campaigns and initiatives that promote press freedom and to discuss the state of press freedom worldwide. From May 1st to 3rd, many GFMD members will organise and participate in parallel events and panel discussions taking place in Addis Ababa. A full list of events can be found here, including details of the following events with GFMD member organisations:
Elsewhere, on May 2nd, GFMD member Globe International organised an event celebrating press freedom alongside UNESCO’s Mongolian National Commission. The organisation led discussions focusing on the theme of media and democracy. They also hosted a competition for students and presented a press freedom award to Mongolian news organisation, IKON News. Additionally, their chairman, Kh.Naranjargal, received a medal for human rights from the Mongolian National Human Rights Commission.