World Press Freedom Day 2018


Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

In 2018, UNESCO will lead the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day. The main event, jointly organized by UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Ghana, will take place in Accra, Ghana on 2 – 3 May. This year’s global theme is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’, and will cover issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public. The Day will also examine contemporary challenges of ensuring press freedom online.

Alongside the main sessions of World Press Freedom Day 2018, and in partnership with the University of Ghana, an Academic Conference on the safety of journalists will be held on 2 May. Additionally, and for the first time, the event will accommodate a Policy Lab on 3 May. This initiative, organized with additional support from the Global Development Network, will be focused on the topic of national mechanisms for the safety of journalists. It will foster synergies between the academia and the policy-making sector, allowing for better cooperation, better understanding of policy needs, and increased relevance and impact of research produced in this area.

The international conference in Accra will also feature the award ceremony of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on 2 May.

Youth Newsroom will be set up to engage journalism students and young reporters from all corners of the world in covering the discussions and events at WPFD.

The following documents for World Press Freedom Day 2018 are available at the links: Provisional Agenda WPFD 2018 and Concept Note WPFD 2018.

The main events, including the Academic Conference and Policy Lab, of World Press Freedom Day 2018 will be held at the Kempinski Hotel. (External link)
Kempinski Hotel
Gold Coast City Accra
Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue
PMB CT21 Cantonments,
Accra, Ghana
T +233 544 312 677
If you would like to support World Press Freedom Day and become a partner of the largest celebration of the fundamental right of press freedom in the world, get in touch with s.coudray(at) or s.mccabe(at)