World Press Freedom Day 2016 at UN Headquarters
In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 May as World Press Freedom Day following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of the violations of press freedom. It is a reminder that world publications and social media are censored, fined, suspended, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked and even killed worldwide.
World Press Freedom Day is a time to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide.
The World Press Freedom Day event at the UN Headquarters will examine press freedom from two perspectives as they relate to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: freedom of information as a human right and the safety of journalists online and offline.