WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY – WINDHOEK DECLARATION

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Source/Author: CJA and TUCJ

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on May 3rd. The aim of the observance is to continuously promote the principles of press freedom, highlight the importance of protecting media freedoms, and fight against all forms of influence on the media, as well as to remember media workers who have lost their lives while performing their duties.

This day also serves as a reminder of many press restrictions, journalist imprisonments, and other undemocratic practices towards the media and media workers in certain parts of the world.

World Press Freedom Day has been observed since 1993 based on the decision of the United Nations General Assembly of the same year, and upon the recommendation of the UNESCO General Assembly of 1991. The anniversary of the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic African Journalism from 1991, adopted by African journalists in the city of Windhoek, Namibia, was chosen as the day of commemoration.

The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3rd as World Press Freedom Day in 1993. The purpose of observing this day is to promote the fundamental principles of press freedom and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while performing their duties.

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Trade Union of Croatian Journalists calls upon its members and all journalists and media workers in Croatia to observe this day with a symbolic action of Five Minutes of Loud Silence at 11:55 AM.