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World Press Freedom Day

3 May 2003 marks World Press Freedom Day, a day established by the United Nations 12 years ago to remember and celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom. Every year IFEX members celebrate 3 May by holding various activities, including conferences, lectures and public events.
An important international event, World Press Freedom Day exists to encourage and develop press freedom initiatives and to assess the state of press freedom world wide. The day serves as a reminder to governments to respect their commitments to press freedom and offers support for media workers who fall victim to any number of measures that restrain, or seek to abolish, freedom of the press.

It is a day of remembrance for the many journalists who have been killed because of their profession, a reminder that governments must respect their commitments to press freedom.

It is also an occasion to inform citizens of press freedom violations and a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, imprisoned, detained and murdered.

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