World Press Freedom Day is 25 years old

 World Press Freedom Day, an international event which seeks to promote the freedom of the media across the world, is a week away on May 3.

The main celebration will take place in Accra, Ghana and has been organized by UNESCO in conjunction with the Ghanaian government.

It will be the 25th time World Press Freedom Day has been celebrated.

According to UNESCO, the day aims “to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession”.


Help us with ideas for stories about press freedom and censorship around the world.


  • Where does your country rank on the recently-published 2018 Press Freedom Index? Are you surprised?
  • Would you consider the press to be free from constraints in your country? Why / why not?
  • Have any journalists been killed in your country recently? Can you explain the circumstances?
  • What external pressures do you think the media can face and how do they impact its ability to tell the truth?
  • Journalists – what does World Press Freedom Day mean to you?

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