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Observe World Press Freedom Day with a focus on 'Media Freedom for a Better Future': UNESCO
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 29 Apr 2014

This year, the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) will be observed on May 3 globally with the theme ‘Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the post-2015’, anounced UNESCO on its website. It was in 1991, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared May 3 to be WPFD to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press as a component of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

UNESCO deems that WPFD is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

UNESCO marks WPFD by conferring the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, The Prize is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogotá, on 17 December 1986.

Currently, WPFD also subscribes for fundamental principles of media freedom in the digital age—the right of citizens to voice their opinions and access diverse, independent information in the social media and on the internet too.

Regarding press freedom, Albert Camus once had said, "A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad."

According to Thomas Jefferson, when the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.He is of the view that no government ought to be without censors and this can happen when the the press is free.