World Press Freedom Day- In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 May as World Press Freedom Day following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of the violations of press freedom. It is a reminder that publications and social media are censored, fined, suspended, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked and even killed worldwide.
Press freedom remains a critical and enduring aspect of democracy worldwide. It is one of the major aspects of quality democratic practice and a defining element of journalism and communication. As democracy continues to face challenges in Ghana and across the world, this year’s World Press Freedom Day offers another important opportunity to ponder and discuss the nature of press freedom presently. This year’s commemoration is centered on the theme: “Information as a Public Good: Media Literacy, Press Freedom and the State of Journalism in Ghana”. This will present speakers the opportunity to engage in different aspects of press freedom discourse. In addition, this year’s event will ponder on the role of information as a public good for the advancement of society, empowerment of people and a tool for ensuring accountable governance.
Ghana Institute of Journalism in collaboration with Ghana Commission for UNESCO is organizing a National Stakeholders’ Forum in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day 2021.
The theme for the forum is Information as a Public Good — Media Literacy, Press Freedom and the State Of Journalism in Ghana.
Date and Time: Thursday April 29, 2021, 10am-12pm
Venue: Auditorium, Ghana Institute of Journalism, North Dzorwulu Campus