Today marks the annual celebration of World Press Freedom Day as declared by United Nations General Assembly in December 1993. This day marks the importance of freedom of press while reminding the government and citizens of need to respect the media freedom of expression. This year’s World Press Freedom Day celebration held in Jakarta Indonesia is themed “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies”.

To mark this day, there is a prize in honor of Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza who was assassinated in front his office. The prize, organized by UNESCO, is to award individuals who have greatly contributed to the freedom of press anywhere in the world, especially that which was achieved in the face of great peril.

The 3rd of May remains the day dedicated to celebrate the fundamental principles of the media freedom and also to assess their freedom around the world, not neglecting the journalists who laid down their lives in the process of exercising their profession.

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This article was first published on 3rd May 2017 and updated on May 13th, 2017 at 11:01 pm


Kofoworola Omotayo is a freelance writer, a lover of tech and a literature monger. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and a member of Nigerian Institute of Management. He enjoys approaching issues from logical and empirical perspective. His twitter handle @heir_ptahyor and Gmail: kofoworolaomotayo[@]

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