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WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

When is World Press Freedom Day in 2021?

World Press Freedom Day in 2021 is on the Monday, 3rd of May (5/03/2021).

World Press Freedom Day is on the 123th day of 2021. There are 242 days left in the year.

World Press Freedom Day Facts

  • Date: May 03, 2021
  • International
  • Also Called: Press Freedom Day
  • Celebrations: UNESCO organizes different campaigns, conferences, and activities that bring together journalists and media personalities to discuss current media issues.
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The UN General Assembly proclaimed the day for the press in 1993. The assembly designated 3rd May of every year as a holiday to celebrate and evaluate the principles of press freedom as well as defend the media from attacks around the world. The date coincides with the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, which was released in Namibia on 3rd May 1991.

Today, the observance is run by UNESCO, and it emphasizes on the Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights. The section states that everyone regardless of their location or circumstance has a right to seek and relay information.

History of World Press Freedom Day

The origin of World Press Freedom Day can be traced back to 1948 after the World War II. The global community sought to foster peace through the creation of the United Nations. The UN then came up with Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Article 19 of the Declaration stated that everyone regardless of their location or circumstance has a right to seek and relay information.

On 3rd May 1991, a workshop was held in Namibia to promote the Independent and Pluralistic African Press. The seminar led to the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration with the aim of helping foster press freedom in Africa.

In 1993, the first World Press Freedom Day was observed, and the UN designated 3rd May as the official day to reflect upon the press freedom across the world.

How to Celebrate World Press Freedom Day

Take advantage of your right to relay credible information and write a social media post about something you strongly advocate for. The Internet has made sharing of ideas easier and given power to millions of people who previously had no voice. Remember to include the hashtag #WorldPressFreedomDay to make your post count.

You can as well attend an event to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. The UNESCO organizes different campaigns, conferences, and activities that bring together journalists and media personalities to discuss current media issues. Attending these events is an honorable way of showing your support for the press freedom across the globe.

Every year since 1997, the UNESCO also awards one press member who has defied media oppression with the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Normally, a jury of 14 media personalities selects the award winner after going through hundreds of names submitted by press organizations across the world.

The award aims at commemorating Guillermo Cano who was assassinated by drug gangs in 1986. Cano had spread the news that did not appease the Colombian powerful drug barons. It’s sad that he lost his life in from of his newspaper El Espectador.

If you would rather remain indoors, watch a documentary about the media freedom. Some popular films include Weapons of Mass Deception (2004). Spotlight (2015), Bowling for Columbine (2002) and Inside the New York Times (2011).

Why Celebrate World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day is a reminder to governments and individuals of the need to respect press freedom. It is unfortunate that in some nations, reporters continue to lose lives over their jobs. Many other journalists defy their governments in efforts to spread freedom of information.

World Press Freedom Day is also a day of reflection. It is a time for media personnel to look into the issues of press freedom and professional media ethics. As individuals, we should support the media and dispute any policies that aim at abolishing their freedom.

As for those reporters and journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty, World Press Freedom Day is aimed at celebrating and honoring the media efforts and hard work.

World Press Freedom Day Observances

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List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01Global Family Day
MondayMonJan 04, 2021Jan 04World Braille Day
MondayMonJan 11, 2021Jan 11International Thank-You Day
SaturdaySatJan 30, 2021Jan 30World Leprosy Day
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Darwin Day
SundaySunFeb 21, 2021Feb 21International Mother Language Day
MondayMonFeb 22, 2021Feb 22World Thinking Day
MondayMonMar 01, 2021Mar 01International Day of the Seal
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08International Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 20, 2021Mar 20World Frog Day
SundaySunMar 21, 2021Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
MondayMonMar 22, 2021Mar 22World Water Day
TuesdayTueMar 23, 2021Mar 23World Meteorological Day
WednesdayWedMar 24, 2021Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 27, 2021Mar 27Earth Hour
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02International Children's Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 07, 2021Apr 07World Health Day
MondayMonApr 12, 2021Apr 12Yuri's Night
FridayFriApr 16, 2021Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
ThursdayThuApr 22, 2021Apr 22Earth Day
FridayFriApr 23, 2021Apr 23World Book Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Penguin Day
MondayMonMay 03, 2021May 03World Press Freedom Day
WednesdayWedMay 05, 2021May 05International Midwives Day
SaturdaySatMay 08, 2021May 08World Red Cross Day
MondayMonMay 10, 2021May 10World Lupus Day
WednesdayWedMay 12, 2021May 12International Nurses Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
SaturdaySatMay 15, 2021May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 17, 2021May 17World Hypertension Day
TuesdayTueMay 18, 2021May 18International Museum Day
FridayFriMay 21, 2021May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 22, 2021May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SundaySunMay 23, 2021May 23World Turtle Day
MondayMonMay 24, 2021May 24World Schizophrenia Day
TuesdayTueMay 25, 2021May 25Towel Day
MondayMonMay 31, 2021May 31World No-Tobacco Day
TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01World Milk Day
ThursdayThuJun 03, 2021Jun 03World Bicycle Day
SaturdaySatJun 05, 2021Jun 05World Environment Day
TuesdayTueJun 08, 2021Jun 08World Ocean Day
MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
WednesdayWedJun 16, 2021Jun 16International Day of the African Child
ThursdayThuJun 17, 2021Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SundaySunJun 20, 2021Jun 20World Refugee Day
MondayMonJun 21, 2021Jun 21International Yoga Day
SaturdaySatJun 26, 2021Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SundaySunJul 11, 2021Jul 11World Population Day
FridayFriJul 16, 2021Jul 16World Snake Day
WednesdayWedJul 28, 2021Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 01, 2021Aug 01International Friendship Day
SundaySunAug 08, 2021Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
MondayMonAug 09, 2021Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
ThursdayThuAug 12, 2021Aug 12International Youth Day
FridayFriAug 13, 2021Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
SaturdaySatAug 14, 2021Aug 14World Lizard Day
MondayMonAug 23, 2021Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
WednesdayWedSep 08, 2021Sep 08International Literacy Day
MondayMonSep 13, 2021Sep 13International Chocolate Day
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15Software Freedom Day
ThursdayThuSep 16, 2021Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SundaySunSep 19, 2021Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21World Gratitude Day
WednesdayWedSep 22, 2021Sep 22World Car-Free Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29World Heart Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29Inventors Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01World Ballet Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01International Music Day
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SundaySunOct 03, 2021Oct 03World Temperance Day
MondayMonOct 04, 2021Oct 04World Animal Day
TuesdayTueOct 05, 2021Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SundaySunOct 10, 2021Oct 10World Mental Health Day
SaturdaySatOct 16, 2021Oct 16World Food Day
SundaySunOct 17, 2021Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SundaySunOct 24, 2021Oct 24United Nations Day
FridayFriOct 29, 2021Oct 29International Internet Day
MondayMonNov 08, 2021Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SundaySunNov 14, 2021Nov 14World Diabetes Day
TuesdayTueNov 16, 2021Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19World Toilet Day
SundaySunNov 21, 2021Nov 21World Television Day
ThursdayThuNov 25, 2021Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
TuesdayTueNov 30, 2021Nov 30International Computer Security Day
WednesdayWedDec 01, 2021Dec 01World Aids Day
ThursdayThuDec 02, 2021Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SundaySunDec 05, 2021Dec 05International Volunteers Day
TuesdayTueDec 07, 2021Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
FridayFriDec 10, 2021Dec 10Human Rights Day