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Journalists and media professionals around the world celebrate World Press Freedom Day

Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2023. 8:48 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, May 3rd is being commemorated as World Press Freedom day.

Journalists and media professionals around the world are celebrating progress made towards achieving a free press and freedom of expression around the world.

World Press Freedom day is being celebrated under the theme, “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights.”

The United Nations noted that this year marks the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day.

“The proliferation of independent media in many countries and the rise of digital technologies have enabled the free flow of information. However, media freedom, safety of journalists and freedom of expression are increasingly under attack, which impacts the fulfillment of other human rights,” the U.N. noted.

The United Nations says that the world faces issues with disinformation and misinformation online and offline with serious impact on the institutions underpinning democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

The U.N. says that to counter these critical situations and threats, press freedom, safety of journalists and access to information take centre stage.

The U.N. also reminds world leaders of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom.

 

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