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World Press Freedom Day 2015

All your questions answered in IFEX's guide to World Press Freedom Day, one of the most important days honouring free expression

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Highlights

  • Profile: Mazen Darwish

    Mazen Darwish is a renowned Syrian lawyer and advocate for free expression, internationally recognized as an invaluable source of information on the conflict in his country. He is also a prisoner, detained in Syria since February 2012 despite international efforts to secure his release.

Voices from our Network

  • State of the media in SADC under the microscope

    Oppressive governments understand the power of images. Last year, photojournalists and other media workers capturing photos and video were targeted by authorities trying to control the media. MISA has launched their 2015 edition of So This Is Democracy? with the theme "photojournalists under fire."

  • Attacks on the Press

    In its annual assessment of press freedom worldwide, CPJ finds journalists caught between terrorists and anti-terrorists. The press is abducted or killed by militants and surveilled, censored, or imprisoned by governments.

  • Combating the Multiplying Challenges to the Right of Free Expression

    We live in an age where news and information is flowing at a faster rate, to more parts of the planet, than ever before. Yet challenges posed to the right of freedom of expression are increasing at an equivalent rate, with cases reported daily of censorship, legal harassment, physical threat, and—only somewhat less frequently—the ultimate silencer, murder.

  • Dunja Mijatović: The good fight must continue

    As part of a their series on the state of media freedom across the globe ahead of World Press Freedom Day, Index on Censorship features a perspective from OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović.

  • Tunisia: World Press Freedom Day

    Violence against journalists and legislative threats to freedom of expression must be priorities for the Tunisian government in 2015, says ARTICLE 19.

  • On World Press Freedom Day and journalists' safety

    CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch reflects on UNESCO's theme for World Press Freedom Day 2015, "Let Journalism Thrive!", and what it means for media professionals caught in a terror dynamic in which they are both targeted by militants and increasingly censored by states purporting to respond to terrorism.

  • Turn Around and Go Back

    ANHRI and the Maharat Foundation have announced the launch of their new report on the internet in the Arab world, Turn Around and Go Back, as well as a campaign to endorse Arab prisoners of conscience.

  • ASEAN: A region gagged by law

    Issues of media restrictions, control and violence against journalists prevailed for most ASEAN countries in 2015, says SEAPA in a special World Press Freedom Day regional overview.

  • A reporter dies, thousands directly affected

    As the world marks World Press Freedom Day, media workers in Nepal are mourning the deaths of thousands of their fellow citizens. Freedom Forum marked the day with the launch of a special report on the state of press freedom across the country.

  • Pacific press needs funds for freedom

    Pacific media face the same problems as the international press – shrinking numbers and declining support as the world marks 100 years since the onset of global conflict.

  • ACM Statement: World Press Freedom Day 2015

    In its World Press Freedom Day statement, the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) highlights emerging challenges to free expression in the region, including excessive delays in implementing access to information legislation and repealing criminal defamation laws.

  • Statement from four Thai media organizations

    IFEX member Thai Journalists Association (TJA) joins voices with three other Thai media organizations on World Press Freedom Day in an appeal for professionalism and restraint in an increasingly polarized media environment.

  • On World Press Freedom Day, Human Rights Watch honours writers, activists

    For the second edition of its HUMAN magazine, Human Rights Watch highlights some of the many accomplishments over 25 years of the Hellman-Hammett program for aiding writers in trouble. Many writers throughout the world continue to risk their freedom, and often their lives, by refusing to remain silent in the face of repression.