Celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2016 in New Delhi
World Press Freedom Day on 03 May 2016 in New Delhi is a day on which media stakeholders from India and the SAARC region will celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and evaluate press freedom in media environments in South Asia and around the world. The theme for 2016 World Press Freedom day is ‘Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms’. There will however be a particular focus on ‘Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development’ especially Goal 16 of the SDGs.
The World Press Freedom Day 2016 regional event in New Delhi will include presentations, panel discussions, and stakeholder deliberations involving journalists, editors and other media professionals, as well as leaders and experts in the area of freedom of information. The event will consist of:
• A curtain-raiser: This will offer media stakeholders from across South Asia an opportunity to provide testimonies on the challenges and opportunities in the area of access to information
• The launch of the UNESCO–IFJ Press Freedom Report for South Asia
• Development of a toolkit, draft gender policy and common minimum standards for media organizations in South Asia: This activity will be carried out by UNESCO and the South Asia Women’s Network (SWAN)
• Introduction and launch of the National Organising Commitee for Press Freedom in India.
• Freedom of information is a fundamental freedom and a human right, inherently bound up with the broader right to freedom of expression. In it’s dual dimensions of freedom of information and press freedom, freedom of expression is a right of high significance for other rights, as well as for sustainable development. It contributes to the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 16 to: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.