World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day

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Every year on 3 May, the international community commemorates World Press Freedom Day by celebrating the fundamental principles of media freedom, access to information and freedom of expression.

MISA’s Chapters across the region commemorate this day with a variety of events, including the official launch of MISA’s annual publication, So This Is Democracy?: The State of Media Freedom in Southern Africa.

MISA also marks the day with the Judge John Oliver Manyarara Memorial lecture, hosted by a different MISA Chapter each year. 

About World Press Freedom Day

The UN General Assembly proclaimed World Press Freedom Day in December 1993 and chose 3 May because it is the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek.

World Press Freedom Day 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.