World Press Freedom Day 2022: Theme, History, Significance, Quotes, Celebrations and more

Publish Date: 05 May, 2022 |

World Press Freedom Day 2022: World Press Freedom Day also known as World Press Day. It was announced by the United Nations General Assembly to observe World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May to spread awareness about the importance of Freedom of the Press in functioning, information providing, its significance and to awaken the government of its duty to uphold and respect the right to freedom of expression. This day also pays tribute to journalists who have lost their lives.


World Press Freedom Day 2022: Theme

The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2022 is "Journalism under digital siege".

The day highlights three key areas:-

  • Ways to ensure the economic viability of news media.

  • Mechanisms for making sure about the transparency of internet companies.

  • To strengthen Media and Information Literacy (MIL) capacities that will help people to recognise and value journalism as an important part of information as a public good.

World Press Freedom Day: History

In December 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed World Press Freedom Day, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, on 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated across the world as World Press Freedom Day. The day act as a reminder to the governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom. 


World Press Freedom Day 2022: Quotes

  • Without freedom, press is nothing and without press, society is nothing…. Best wishes on World Press Freedom Day.

  • On World Press Freedom Day, let us promise to make sure that press enjoys independence to express.

  • Wishing you a very Happy World Press Freedom Day…. Let us celebrate this day for a better country, better life!!!

  • On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, I am sending you warm greetings for independent and expressive press.

  • Press can be good or bad but a press that doesn’t have freedom to express then it can only be bad…. Happy World Press Freedom Day.


World Press Freedom Day 2022: Celebrations in various countries across the world

Cambodja: CamboJA, in collaboration with UNESCO and other CSO partners of the World Press Freedom Day working group, will organise a face-to-face debate.

Estonia: The Estonian Association of Journalists marks the WPFD2022 with the hybrid discussion “In Crisis with Ethics” on media ethics, media freedom and journalists’ role in the time of crisis. The presenters come from Estonia, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia.

Finland: The Finnish Journalists' Union is celebrating World Press Freedom Day in a special event in Helsinki, that will host a panel discussion about what is missing in Finnish media and journalism.

France: The National Union of Journalists (SNJ-France) is organising on 3 May at 12:30 pm, Place Ghislaine-Dupont-Claude-Verlon-Camille-Lepage in Paris (2nd arrondissement), a special ceremony for journalists "who died for information" in the presence of Anthony Bellanger, IFJ General Secretary and Dominique Pradalié, IFJ Executive Committee member. 

The SNJ and IFJ are also organising a screening of the film "Hacking Justice" and a debate "Freedom, Rehabilitation and Compensation for Julian Assange" on 3 May from 6pm to 10pm at the auditorium of the Paris City Hall. In the presence of Cédric Villani, MP; a member of Julian Assange's family; Anthony Bellanger, IFJ General Secretary; William Bourdon, lawyer; and David Dufresne, journalist and director.

Indonesia: This year's WPFD celebration is parallel to Eid Al-Fitr, a holy day for most Indonesian Muslims. Therefore, the Indonesian Independent Journalists Association celebration will take place after 3 May. The union will hold various events in 20 cities, such as debates, radio and TV talk shows, photo exhibitions and training of journalists on holistic violence. The highlight of the event will be held on 6 June with the launch of the report on press freedom in Indonesia.

Italy: On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2022, the Italian National Press Federation (FNSI) will be in Conselice, little town in Emilia-Romagna that hosts the Monument dedicated to press freedom.

Myanmar: The Myanmar Journalists Association will celebrate World Press Freedom Day on 3 May at the MPC office in Yangon with a round table discussion on "Real News" to reach out more to the people and fight against fake news.

Pakistan: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has planned a number of programs at the federation level and regional union levels. The following events are being scheduled in the coming days in connection with World Freedom Day: Seminar at Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad; Candle Vigil in memory of martyred journalists; Rallies at regional Union level and Memorandum to be send to the government authorities.

Sri Lanka:The Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions (FMETU) will hold a seminar on "Press freedom and journalists' responsibility" near the International Media Centre, Gogotagama, Galle face. The Free Media Movement and the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association have jointly organised a panel discussion on the theme "Democracy, Social Responsibility and Responsible Journalism", especially in the light of recent developments in Sri Lanka. Journalists who wish to attend this discussion are invited with that link.

United Kingdom: National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is holding a month-long series of online events with speakers exploring global threats to journalism. Sessions will cover the union's work campaigning for the safety of journalists, consider the use of spyware, the abuse of harmful legal challenges through SLAPPs and much more. Registration details will be live on the NUJ website soon. Members can attend all sessions for free. The Slapps Event is on May 10. 

Uruguay: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), together with the Uruguayan Press Association (APU) and the International Federation of Journalists of Latin America and the Caribbean (FEPALC), will hold a panel discussion at the UNESCO Global Conference on World Press Freedom Day, which takes place on 3 May. The panel will focus on the situation of press workers in the region in the face of digital surveillance and the need for collective organising tools to address it.




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