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The World Press Freedom Day & Its Impact So Far
In today’s rapidly changing world, access to information has become one of humankind’s most fundamental needs. The ones who have benefited the most from this are the media houses and the news service providers. However, as the great Michael Lewis once said,
“There is something bad in everything good and something good in everything bad.”
The downside of this is that a previously less common phenomenon of fake news has begun to surface, thereby putting a question mark over the integrity of the press and the role of journalists in society.
This massive skepticism of journalists in society
has led to a lot of journalists being discredited of their work and, in worse cases being targets of violence. Even in parts of the world like Europe, where press freedom is highly respected, journalists like Lyra McKee risk their lives to tell the truth.
Access to free media is just as fundamental a right as is access to information.
Press freedom must be granted all over the world, and journalists should be protected. This is the idea that was brought forward by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. Ever since, the World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on the 3rd of May.
The idea behind this is to acknowledge the struggle that every single journalist faces globally while trying to bring you a story. It is a combined effort aimed at reminding the world that many journalists put their lives at risk attempting to deliver daily news to us.
The WPFD serves as a check on many countries that still employ unwarranted policies that aim to restrict the journalists who are trying to portray the accurate and fair view of society.
Today, it is impossible to think of a democratic society without the presence of press freedom and free media.
Yet, it would be foolish of us to believe that getting to this day was easy. Just until two decades ago, the idea of press freedom was nowhere to exist. The World Press Freedom Day turned out to be the cornerstone for promoting the concept of press freedom in the world. Today, the issue of press freedom is one of the top priorities of the United Nations and a focal point of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
The 3rd of May 2020 will mark the celebration of the 27th annual World Press Freedom Day. The struggle for press freedom has come a long way and has already achieved a lot, but it’s not a victory yet. Many countries around the world continue to censor media.