The world celebrates Press Freedom Day
Today, May 3, the global community is celebrating World Press Freedom Day.
This day has been celebrated since 1993, on the initiative of the General Conference of UNESCO with the support of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It was on May 3, 1991, in the capital of Namibia, that the “Windhoek Declaration” was signed, which called on the governments of all countries to guarantee press freedom and its democratic character.
This year, UNESCO is launching a global campaign in the media and social networks under the motto “Journalism without fear or bias”.
In addition, an international conference dedicated to World Press Freedom Day is held annually under the auspices of UNESCO. But in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to postpone this forum. It was originally scheduled to take place April 22-24 at the World Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands. The new conference dates are October 18-20. Joint protests are scheduled to take place on World Press Freedom Day (May 3) and International Day against Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2).
For World Press Freedom Day, the international organization Reporters Without Borders publishes an annual report, the Press Freedom Index. This report analyzes the state of press and internet freedom in 180 countries. The methodology for compiling the index is based on objective figures – the number of attacks, arrests, cases of censorship, the number of other crimes and on the estimates of international and local experts. This report is titled “Entering a Decisive Decade for Coronavirus-Weighted Journalism”. And in this document, the researchers took into account recent events when the COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic revealed and reinforced a number of existing crises that threaten the right to receive information.
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Now, according to this report, Ukraine occupies 96th place and it is immediately six positions higher than in 2019, when Ukraine was 102nd.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru