ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2023, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) organised a special anniversary event at UN headquarters in New York, marking the 30 years since the UN General Assembly’s decision proclaiming an international day for press freedom.

Celebrated every 3rd of May, this year’s theme for the Day will be “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights” (working title), signifying the enabling element of freedom of expression to enjoy and protect all other human rights.

This anniversary edition of World Press Freedom Day included a full day of activities at the UN Headquarters on 2nd May. Partners from the media, academia, and civil society have been invited to organise events in New York and around the world centred on this year’s theme.

World Press Freedom Day 2023 will also be the occasion to award the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, which recognises and honours the contributions of journalists, particularly those who risk their lives to provide essential information to the public.

* Find out more on World Press Freedom Day Concept Note and the WPFD website.

* Source: UNESCO