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World Press Freedom Day, 3 May

by Simon Black on 2020-05-01T11:37:39+10:00 in Education, Global Studies, Civics & Citizenship | Comments

3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story. UNESCO (2020).

Imagine a World Without Press Freedom:

Source: UNESCO. (Producer). (2020). Imagine a World Without Press Freedom. [Online video]. Retrieved from

The key messages of World Press freedom Day 2020:
  • Support independent journalism so that media workers can report without fear or favour. Newsrooms should be free to make independent editorial decisions that favour public interest and preserve accountability.
  • A free and independent press is essential at all times, but is particularly important during a health crisis such as the one we are currently experiencing. At a time when many seek information primarily online, the role of professional journalists, whom are trained to help sort through the flow and provide necessary guidance, is vital.
  • No crisis can be resolved without accurate and reliable information. At all levels, from governments to individuals, the decisions we make can be a matter of life and death and must be based on facts and science.
  • It is also important to help the media and journalists report on the crisis effectively and safely, and to promote critical thinking to limit the spread of rumors and misinformation. UNESCO (2020).

How to stop disinformation in times of coronavirus?:

Source: UNESCO. (2020). Tips to face disinformation. Retrieved from

Goal 16: Right to press freedom and information:

Press freedom and the right to information have a direct relevance to achieving Goal 16, specifically target 10, as it envisages the protection to the right to access information, and journalists’ safety. Freedom of information is closely linked to a culture of openness. Open and inclusive societies protect press freedom crucial to sustainable development. Click on the banner below to learn more.

A world without information? Right to Information and SDGs:

Source: UNESCO. (Producer). (2016). A world without information? Right to Information and SDGs. [Online video]. Retrieved from


Did you know? The Kerferd Library has access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines in more 60 languages from over 120 countries and available in real time as published. If prompted use your School mConnect user name and password to login when off campus.

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