A new free-speech outfit - for less press freedom?

On 3 May it will be World Press Freedom Day.   This is a time to recognise the importance of free media around the globe.

Held on the same date each year, the day celebrates the press and the role they play worldwide.  The day also acts as a time to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in the pursuit of journalism.

May 3rd was first declared World Press Freedom Day in 1991 by the United Nations.  It acts as a poignant reminder to people who take the freedom of the press for granted, while in countries around the world publications remain censored and journalists live in fear when reporting the truth.

Each year there is also a special theme for the day.  In 2014 the day will focus on three themes which are inter related - 'media’s importance in development'; 'safety of journalists and the rule of law'; and the 'sustainability and integrity of journalism'.

The day is now in its 25th year, and it is more important than ever to recognise the work of the media and that’s what the day is all about.   So visit the World Press Freedom Day website today and find out just what you can do to get involved!

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