In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed May 3 World Press Freedom Day (World Press Freedom Day). This decision was the result of the work of the General Conference of UNESCO, which, in resolution 1991 "On the promotion of press freedom in the world," recognized that a free, pluralistic and independent press is an essential component of any democratic society.
General Conference passed the General Assembly expressed the States members of UNESCO wishes to announce on May 3 by the International Press Freedom Day.
This date was chosen to commemorate the Windhoek Declaration on the Promotion of Independent and Pluralistic African Press, adopted on 3 May 1991 at the Seminar on the Promotion of Independent and Pluralistic African Press, organized by UNESCO and the United Nations in Windhoek ( Namibia).
World Press Freedom Day is an annual reminder to the international community that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We have to protect those rights, as they are the basis of democracy and have a real impact on the lives of people around the world.
World Press Freedom Day provides the international community with an opportunity to pay tribute to the professional media workers who were killed while performing their duties. We need to strengthen our resolve to ensure the safety and security of journalists around the world.